St Paul’s Cathedral is in focus for the anniversary celebrations later, when it hosts a Thanksgiving service for the Queen – but the monarch has decided to withdraw from the event.
It’s coming after her experienced “some discomfort” during Thursday’s events.
A palace statement said that “taking into account the journey and activity required to participate … Her Majesty has with great reluctance concluded that she will not participate”.
However, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan are among the participants.
Prince Andrew was supposed to be there too, but withdrew because of COVID.
More than 400 people such as key workers, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces will be at the cathedral in recognition of their contribution to public life.
The Archbishop of York will deliver the sermon after the Archbishop of Canterbury was also forced to withdraw with coronavirus.
Boris Johnson will read from the Bible, and members of the cabinet are among the guests, as will Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, former prime ministers and prime ministers of decentralized administrations.
In The Bidding, the dean of St. Paul’s give “thanks and praise for Her Majesty the Queen’s reign and especially for her 70 years of faithful and dedicated service”.
Before the service starts at 11.30, Grand Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung between kl. 10.50 and 10.55 – for only the eighth time since it was restored in 2021.
There is a reception in the Guildhall afterwards, with a new anthem by Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir. Several royals will also attend.
Friday is the quietest day for official events in the four-day celebration.
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On Thursday, the queen appeared twice – along with the rest of her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony to fly pastand then in Windsor to trigger the ignition of the main anniversary guy.
There was also the performance Trooping the Color to get things going in the morning.
On Saturday, one of the most anticipated events takes place – the Anniversary Concert outside the palace, where people like Alicia Keys and Diana Ross perform.
The Queen was also expected to attend Derby Day at the Epsom Down Racecourse in Surrey.
Anniversary celebrations end on Sunday afternoon with a giant competition in London with 10,000 volunteers, dancers, musicians and members of the military.