Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee: What’s the Service of Thanksgiving?

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is in full swing.

The official birthday of the queen kicked off Thursday with Trooping the Color and the lighting of the beacons. Friday’s major occasion is the Service of Thanksgiving. Queen Elizabeth herself is not going to be attending the occasion resulting from “some discomfort.”

The Service of Thanksgiving is one occasion of many to happen all through the week and weekend as Britain celebrates 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. It follows Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1977, 2002 and 2012, which marked 25, 50 and 60 years on the throne. Jubilees are often marked with a mixture of ceremonial army shows, a church service and avenue events.

The occasions started on June 2 and can proceed by way of June 5.

Queen Elizabeth II waves as she leaves a Service Of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the British throne.

Queen Elizabeth II waves as she leaves a Service Of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on the sixtieth anniversary of her ascension to the British throne.
(Photograph by Matt Cardy)

QUEEN ELIZABETH THROUGH THE YEARS

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WHAT IS IT?

The Service of Thanksgiving is a church service and can happen at St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

“The Service will include bible readings, anthems, prayers and congregational hymns, expressing thankfulness for The Queen’s reign, faith and service; desire to foster unity and peace amongst all peoples; and commitment to care for God’s creation,” based on St. Paul’s Cathedral web site.

The venue has additionally opened an exhibition exploring previous Jubilee celebrations held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The exhibit opened on Might 25.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving held in honor of her 80th birthday in 2006.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving held in honor of her eightieth birthday in 2006.
(Photograph by Tim Graham Photograph Library)

WHO ATTENDS?

Queen Elizabeth II, though the visitor of honor, is not going to be in attendance at Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving resulting from “some discomfort.” The queen has been taking a step again from occasions as she offers with “episodic mobility issues.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the finale of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 5, 2012.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the course of the finale of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 5, 2012.
(Photograph by Stefan Wermuth – WPA Pool through Getty Photographs)

Prince Andrew may also not be in attendance after testing constructive for COVID-19 for the second time.

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“After undertaking a routine test, the duke has tested positive for COVID and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson introduced on Thursday.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton are anticipated to attend. Together with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew weren’t current on the balcony throughout Trooping the Color on Thursday resulting from their lack of working senior royal standing.

“The theme of public service is at the heart of today’s event,” a press launch from the palace reads. “Over 400 people have been invited in recognition of their contribution to public life at both a community and national level.” 

Moreover, “Lord Lieutenants will also attend the Service to represent every country of the UK, alongside the Prime Minister, Members of the Cabinet, First Minster of the Devolved Governments, Leaders of The Opposition as well as former Prime Ministers.” Reps from abroad territories and governors basic may also attend amongst others. 

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The Related Press contributed to this report.

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