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Celebrations on 5 June

The Diamond Jubilee weekend culminated with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie

National Service of Thanksgiving, St Paul’s Cathedral
The Queen departed from Buckingham Palace at 10.15BST by car. She travelled to St Paul’s Cathedral via the Mall, Trafalgar Square, the Strand, Fleet Street, and Ludgate Hill to St Paul’s Cathedral.

Her Majesty and many Members of The Royal Family, attended the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral on the morning of Tuesday 5th June, to which 2,000 people were invited. 

Members of the Royal Family who attended the Service included:

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Henry of Wales

The Duke of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor

The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr and Mrs Peter Phillips, and Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall

Viscount and Viscountess Linley, the Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones and the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones

The Lady Sarah and Mr Daniel Chatto, Master Samuel Chatto and Master Arthur Chatto

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Earl and Countess of Ulster, the Lady Davina and Mr Gary Lewis, and the Lady Rose and Mr George Gilman

The Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Earl and Countess of St. Andrews, the Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, and the Lady Helen and Mr Timothy Taylor

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, and the Lady Gabriella Windsor

Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, and Mrs and Mrs James Ogilvy

The Service will commence at 10.30am and will be conducted by the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preach. A special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee will be included in the service. 

Reception at the Mansion House

At 11.30BST, The Queen drove from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Mansion House via St Paul’s Churchyard, Queen Victoria Street, and into the Walbrook Entrance, arriving at 11.35am.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Court of Alderman and the Court of Common Council hosted a reception at the Mansion House for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Around 250 guests from the City of London attended the reception in the Egyptian Hall. The reception ended with a short performance of the Commonwealth Anthem by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.

Reception at Guildhall

Other Members of the Royal Family attended a reception at the Guildhall, given by the City of London. The guests were the full congregation of the St Paul’s Cathedral Service.

The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Henry, left the Reception at 12.30pm and drove to Westminster Hall.

Diamond Jubilee Lunch, Westminster Hall
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, drove from Mansion House, departing from the Walbrook Entrance at 12.30pm, to Westminster Hall via Queen Victoria Street, St Paul’s Churchyard, Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street, the Strand, Whitehall and Parliament Square, entering through the Sovereign’s Entrance of the Palace of Westminster, at 12.40BST.

The Diamond Jubilee Lunch was given for The Queen by the Livery. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Henry of Wales was led by the Lord Great Chamberlain and Black Rod into Westminster Hall at 12.45BST, via the South steps, as a Fanfare was sounded by the State Trumpeters.

The Master Mercer (Mr Thomas Sheldon) gave a short speech, after which Grace was said by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

A small number of representatives from sponsoring livery companies were present at the lunch, with the vast majority of the guest list of approximately 700 comprising people from all over the country whose trade, craft or profession was represented by one of the many different liveries taking part in the event, together with the charities, schools and other organisations they support. The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain performed a programme of music at the lunch.

At the end of the lunch the Lord Speaker proposed a toast to The Queen, and the National Anthem was played.

Carriage Procession
At 14.20BST, The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales departed the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, in a Carriage Procession. The Queen used the 1902 State Landau in this procession. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall travelled in a State Landau and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Henry, travelled in another State Landau. 

The Processional Route that the Carriage Procession took departed from New Palace Yard, up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch, along the Mall, and into Buckingham Palace through the Centre Gates at 14.40BST.

Find out more about the processional route 

There were personnel from all three military services lining the streets for the Procession, military bands along the route, and the Procession will be accompanied by the Sovereign’s Escort. The King’s Troop fired a 60 gun salute during the Carriage Procession. There was a Guard of Honour present in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Balcony Appearance, Fly Past and Feu de Joie, Buckingham Palace
At just before 15.30BST, The Queen a, accompanied by those Members of The Royal Family who were in the Carriage Procession (The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Henry of Wales) appeared on the Balcony. At their appearance, there was an RAF Flypast and a Feu de Joie from the Forecourt. This was a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by The Queen’s Guard, interspersed with the National Anthem played by the Band of the Irish Guards.

The Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's for the Service of Thanksgiving © Press Association
The Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's for the Service of Thanksgiving © Press Association
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The Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's for the Service of Thanksgiving © Press Association