Prince Harry and his wife Meghan joined the royal family on Friday for their first public appearance in Britain in two years, at a platinum jubilee service for Queen Elizabeth II >The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are officially known arrived mainly to cheers from the crowd outside St Paul’s Cathedral.
Former British Army Captain Harry, 37, wore a morning suit complete with military medals, while Meghan, 40, wore a cream dress and wore a matching hat.
They took their places amidst the 2,000-strong congregation for the Church of England service, which ended with trumpet fanfares and the national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” plus a rare peal of the biggest bell in the country, Great Paul.
Hopes that the family would all reunite publicly were dashed after Harry’s grandmother retired the queen of the die nst after suffering “some discomfort” at Thursday’s kick-off to four days of celebration.
The 96-year-old monarch, who is said to have been watching the service on TV, was diagnosed with difficulty standing and which have forced her to call off a string of engagements since last year.
On Thursday, she made two public appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of a huge crowd after the Trooping the Color military parade.
In the evening she was at Windsor Castle for a ceremony that lit beacons across the Commonwealth of 54 nations, which she also presides over.
Her retreat, according to the palace with ‘great reluctance’ cast doubt on her appearance in Saturday’s flagship flat race ‘The Derby’ at Epsom Racecourse.
The Queen has only missed the Derby three times in her reign, most recently in a year 2020 when viewers went into lockdown due to Covid.
< h3>“Stay the course”
The second most senior cleric of the Church of England, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, thanked the Queen in his homily for “keeping the course”.
“Their long reign reflects the distance of Aintree rather than the sprints of Epsom,” he said, referring to the Grand National Jumps Course near Liverpool.
“That’s us, sorry that you are not here with us this morning, but we are so glad you are still in the saddle and… there is more to come.”
In front of the 17th Century Cathedral , royal fan Stephanie Stitt, 35, said she was “a little” disappointed that the Queen has stepped down.
But the events manager added, “It’s understandable because she’s 96.”
The Queen has missed disgraced second son Prince Andrew, who was barred from royal duties for his links to two convicted sex offenders also attended the service after testing positive for Covid.
The Queen’s heir, future King Prince Charles, 73, was again the senior rank royal. He entered Thursday’s parade to receive the salute from the mounted troops.
The community included around 400 health and social care workers who were invited to give thanks for their work during the Covid pandemic .
The Bible readings, prayers and hymns were designed to reflect and acknowledge what the Palace described as the Queen’s “lifelong service”.
The Queen has congratulations on her record-breaking reign received by leaders from around the world, including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, US President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron.
Harry, Meghan unpopular
The UK government confirmed overnight Plans for the return of the post-Brexit crown symbol on pint glasses in place of the EU quality control mark, in what it described as a “fitting tribute” to the monarch.
Consultation was also launched to consider the sale of goods in imperial To enable action after the EU law gave precedence to the metric.
The Jubilee has a sense of the ending of an era and the focus is on the success of the sion and the longer-term future of the monarchy.Harry and US television actress Meghan, who is of mixed race, were once hailed as the modern face of the old institution after marrying in 2018.
But less than two years later, they left royal life and relocated to the United States, where they launched a series of damaging broadsides, including racism.
The couple have set up a charitable foundation but angered royal supporters for showing off royal life in a bombastic TV interview have uncovered.
A recent YouGov poll found that nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of the UK public view them negatively – an all-time low.
‘Not about them’
“I think you should probably I just stay in the background,” said surgeon Roger Nagy, 51, who flew in for the celebrations from Denver, Colorado.
“They can do what they want with their lives, but they probably should say nothing. This is about the Queen, this isn’t about her,” he added.
All eyes will be on for signs of tension between the couple and Harry’s older brother William, 39, and his wife Kate, 40 , keep an eye out.
Harry said in an October 2019 that he and William are on “different paths,” apparently confirming a rift that opened up after he began dating Meghan.
The couple were last seen in public at the unveiling of a statue to their late mother Princess Diana in July 2021 and at the funeral of their grandfather, the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, in April.