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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is in full swing.
The Queen’s official birthday kicked off on Thursday with Trooping the Color and the lighting of the headlights. The main event on Friday is the service of thanksgiving. Queen Elizabeth herself will not attend the event due to “some discomfort”.
The Thanksgiving service is one of many events taking place throughout the week and weekend as Britain celebrates 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. It follows the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1977, 2002 and 2012, which marked 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. Jubilees are usually marked by a combination of ceremonial military parades, a church service and street parties.
The events started on June 2 and will continue until June 5.
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WHAT IS THAT?
The service of thanksgiving is a religious service and will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“The service will include Bible readings, hymns, prayers and congregational hymns, expressing gratitude for the Queen’s reign, faith and service; the desire to foster unity and peace among all peoples ; and commitment to care for God’s creation,” according to St. Paul’s Cathedral website.
The venue also opened an exhibit exploring past Jubilee celebrations held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The exhibition was inaugurated on May 25.
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WHO PARTICIPATES ?
Queen Elizabeth II, although the guest of honour, will not attend Friday’s Thanksgiving service due to “some discomfort”. The Queen has taken a step back from events as she deals with “episodic mobility issues”.
Prince Andrew will also not be present after testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time.
“After taking a routine test, the Duke has tested positive for COVID and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said on Thursday.
Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected. Alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew were not present on the balcony during Trooping the Color on Thursday due to their lack of senior royal status.
“The theme of public service is at the heart of today’s event,” read a press release from the palace. “Over 400 people were invited in recognition of their contribution to public life at both the community and national level.”
Additionally, “Lord Lieutenants will also attend the Service to represent all of the UK’s nations, alongside the Prime Minister, Cabinet members, Devolved Governments Prime Minister, opposition leaders as well as former prime ministers.” Representatives of overseas territories and governors general will also be present, among others.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.