Meghan and Harry ‘to be at St Paul’s’
PRINCE HARRY and his wife Meghan are expected to be among the congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning.
They will be there for a national Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s government.
It will be the couple’s first outing with the entire royal family since they left “The Firm” in 2020.
Their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who becomes one during the long anniversary weekendare unlikely to attend.
Courts have moved heaven and earth to ensure that the 96-year-old monarch has easy access to the cathedral, where Charles and Diana were married in 1981.
Normally the royal family climbs the grand staircase in front of St Paul’s, but the queen, who is now having trouble walking, will arrive via a side entrance.
It is understood that Prince Andrew will be there as well – presumably his only public appearance of the anniversary.
Before the service, which starts at 11.30am, Great Paul – the largest church bell in Britain – will toll.
The 16-and-a-half-ton clock has rung only eight times since it was restored last year – and this will be the first time for a royal event.
Five minutes later, bells in churches will ring the length and breadth of Great Britain. More than 2,000 invited guests attending the National Thanksgiving Service will hear a new anthem for the Jubilee for the first time.
During the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service, then-Prime Minister David Cameron gave a lecture on service to others. It has not been confirmed whether Boris Johnson will read at this week’s service.
Afterwards, the Lord Mayor will host a reception in Guildhall at 12.25pm attended by the royal family.
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