Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands as they arrive to cheering crowds at St Paul’s Cathedral

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived at the service of thanksgiving at London's St Paul's Cathedral.

The couple arrived to huge cheers from the crowds, but there was no sign of their children Archie, now three, and Lilibet, who is about to turn one.

Harry and Meghan are set to be seated behind the Earl and Countess of Wessex during the service.

As they walked up the steps the couple held hands and crowds cheered their names.


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It comes as the Queen was yesterday revealed to not be attending the service on Friday 3 June, due to mobility issues.

The couple were all smiles as they arrived, with Harry looking dapper in a suit and Meghan wowing in a white ensemble with matching hat.

Harryand Meghan were greeted at the great west door by the Dean of St Paul’s.

In the background sounds of cheers could be heard by onlookers, who shouted out their names.


They took a few moments to talk to the senior cleric before heading inside, and Harry was seen chatting to the Archbishop of York who later will give the sermon.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will sit in the second row during the service, alongside Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret, and her family.

Seated in front of the couple will be the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.


Royal fans have been awaiting the reunion of the 'fab four,' and William and Kate are set to sit across the aisle from Harry and Meghan in the front row.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who have ornate chairs, have seats alongside them, as well as the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence.

The Queen has decided to pull out of the St Paul's Cathedral Thanksgiving Service.

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It has been reported her reason for missing the event is due to "discomfort" which she suffered during Thursday's Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

Although she will sit out Friday's events, Her Majesty will still lead the lighting of the principal jubilee beacon on Thursday evening.

The news was first reported by ITV journalist Chris Ship, who wrote on Twitter: "The Queen has had to pull out of the St Paul’s Cathedral Thanksgiving Service tomorrow.

"She suffered “discomfort” today said the Palace — although she greatly enjoyed it. She will still do the Beacon lighting tonight."

In a statement Buckingham Palace has stated that the Queen made the decision with "great reluctance".

A spokesperson for the palace said: "The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort. Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate…at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.

"The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion."

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