On the second day of Queen Elizabeth’s Day, several members of the royal family gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to give a mass of thanks. The Queen herself was not there, and will not participate in the celebrations on Saturday.
The 96-year-old Queen had already announced yesterday that she would not be present at the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral due to the “inconvenience”. She still follows the service on television at Windsor Castle near London. Her son, Crown Prince Charles (73), represented her at the ceremony. After mass, a reception was held at the Guildhall, which was attended by the Mayor of the City of London and some members of the royal family.
Cheers and Boos
In addition to Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, several members of the royal family also attended, including Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also invited. It was the first time they had appeared in public together since they separated from their royal duties two years ago. They were greeted on their arrival with much cheering, but also boos.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hardest hit. When he arrived with his wife, Carrie Johnson, he was booed by the people who had gathered around the cathedral. Johnson is under fire for the ‘party gate’ issue due to the shutdown in Downing Street.
In addition to the Queen herself, her second son, Prince Andrew, was also absent. He tested positive for Corona. It was the only party he was invited to, as he was no longer a working member of the royal family. He had to give up his royal titles earlier this year after being discredited in an abuse case.
‘In the saddle’ for 70 years
Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, spoke at the memorial service. Cottrell repeatedly referred to the queen’s fondness for horses. “Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here with us this morning, but we are very happy that you are still in the saddle. We are glad there is more to come. So thank you for staying on the right track.”
Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen will not take part in the Epsom Derby, a popular annual horse race, on Saturday. The palace said that it will follow the sporting event live on television.
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