Kate Middleton and Prince William sat away from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the anniversary service
The Platinum Anniversary Celebration continues! Kate Middleton and Prince William delivered their respects to Elizabeth II at a special thanksgiving service that forced them to join Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The service included Bible readings, prayers, and community hymns in recognition and gratitude for the Queen's rule, faith, and many years of service. Of course, this Friday, the Cambridges showed up at St Paul's Cathedral for an event that was part of a four-day festival of the platinum jubilee of Elizabeth II.
However, even on such a special day, the former and current members of the royal family could hardly contain their attitude towards each other. William and Kate sat on the other side of the aisle from Meghan and Harry.
Although the service marked the first time, the couples were spotted jointly as a foursome since Commonwealth Day in March 2020, which was Harry and Meghan's last royal appearance before they stepped down from their powers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who now live in California, arrived in the UK on Wednesday with their two children, three-year-old Archie and baby Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday. Kate brought a touch of sunshine to an overcast day by appearing in public in a pale lemon suit, paired with a matching hat.
She completed the look with elegant Bahrain pearl earrings taken straight from her grandmother's jewelry box. Prince William was dressed in a morning suit emblazoned with his well-deserved medals (Harry did the same). And Megan again sang of noble innocence in a delicate milky-colored coat dress with a grayish undertone, similar pumps, and a wide-brimmed hat.
On Friday, several members of the royal family attended the ceremony, but the most honored guest, unfortunately, was absent. On Thursday, Buckingham Palace made it clear that the monarch will not attend the Trooping the Color ceremony as he is experiencing " some discomfort " due to mobility issues.
" Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow's National Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul's Cathedral, Her Majesty has come to a conclusion with great reluctance that she will not be attending," the statement said.