People may have been out late last night celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne at the Diamond Jubilee Concert, but this didn’t stop thousands from lining the streets this morning to watch Her Majesty arrive in style at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The fourth day of jubilee celebrations began with an hour-long service of Thanksgiving delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. And to mark the special occasion, Prime Minister David Cameron read from the New Testament.
Present for the event were all senior members of the royal family sans Prince Philip, who remains in the hospital due to a bladder infection.
Following the service, the Queen attended three receptions: first, the Queen went to Mansion House, to a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of London. The Youth Orchestra Choir performed the Commonwealth anthem; second, the Queen continued on to The Guildhall, to a reception hosted by The City of London.
According to the mail, the rest of the St. Paul’s congregation met the Queen at the Guildhall, as did a host of senior members of the royal family; lastly, before the carriage procession, the royal family ate lunch at Westminster Hall.
The Queen was led into Westminster Hall by the Lord Great Chamberlain and fanfare from the State Trumpeters.
The Prince of Wales took on Prince Philip’s role beside the Queen in the front row during the morning service and dutifully sat with her in the 1902 State Landau during the later carriage procession through the streets of London.
After a glittering carriage procession full of pomp and circumstance, the royal family appeared on the balcony, as is traditional. They watched an RAF Flypast and witnessed a celebratory cascade of rifle fire.
Below, an assortment of footage from the big day:
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Message, 5 June 2012
The Queen’s Jubilee Procession
The Queen arrives back at Buckingham Palace
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations: Red Arrows Fly-Past
Diamond Jubilee celebrations: the Feu de Joie