The service of gratitude to the queen was brought to even more royal drama on Friday, when it was announced on Thursday night that Her Majesty will not attend.
She rested after feeling uncomfortable during the celebration on Thursday. But the royal drama that took place on Friday on the mega-approach to the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of various elderly members of the royal family was what really shone on such an auspicious day.
St. Paul’s is known around the world for its cult historical heritage. However, for a one-day generation, this was the place where the real royal icon entered the ordinary lady and came out as the Princess of Wales. There, in July 1981, Diana married Prince Charles.
But royal fans note that this was also the birthplace of what is now known as the Royal Promenade because here for the first time on the Queen’s Silver Jubilee she and the late Prince Philip actually walked and met the public for the first time removing the fourth wall in a royal sense. And it is now a tradition that lives on today, and again a revolutionary legacy started by the Queen.
Following news that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby had contracted COVID-19 and had to step down, his place was taken by York Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, who delivered a sermon. The cathedral was packed with over 400 citizens, including key workers, charitable volunteers and members of the armed forces who received recognition for their contribution to public life.
What about service stars? Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, looked stunning in a yellow dress created by Emma Wickstead, adding a stunning hat by Philip Treacy – a favorite royal royal fashion face – plus purple shoes with embossing.
The audience went crazy when she arrived, and she really becomes such a confident queen in anticipation. She was joined by Prince William, who looked as wonderful as ever, and other senior members of the royal family at your service. The Cambridges children – Princess Charlotte, 7, Prince George, 8 and Prince Louis, 4 – stayed home because of the length of service.
The political guests arrived in front of the royal family. Among them were Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie. Johnson said he was “very nervous” about the reading because it was such a historic event, adding: “I know the Queen will be watching right now, so someone has to correct her.”
Former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair, who arrived with his wife Cheriethey said they were “inspired by such a wonderful monarch and have my greatest respect.”
Former Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We all wish the Queen all the best. She is exceptional.” David Cameron offered the same feelings.
However, things obviously remain icy Duke and Duchess of Sussex are worried.
Markle, 40 years old, was a picture of glamor in a cream dress with a coat and matching hat and shoes as she joined senior members of the royal family in her first public engagement with the family in two years. But she and Harry were careful to avoid any eye contact with others. And people were in no hurry to greet them, watching what could be filmed and shown around the world.
Can we also take the time to mention the very young and beautiful Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of the Count and Countess of Wessex? It was nice to see her father Prince Edward convince her as she sat on the bench. Meanwhile, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, really shone with her elegance and composure at an event like this.