Platinum Jubilee of Queen 2022: Boris Johnson booed by crowd as St Paul’s service begins – live | Platinum Jubilee of the Queen

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the service Photo: Neil Hall/EPA

Prince Charles arrives as the service begins

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have now arrived at St Paul’s. He officially represents the Queen at the service after she was forced to withdraw last night.

The 96-year-old monarch is missing the opportunity after a last-minute decision was announced by Buckingham Palace at 7.30pm yesterday after experiencing “discomfort” at Trooping The Color events earlier in the day.

Prince William and Kate were just ahead of Charles and Camilla. They were seen talking to the Archbishop of York who will deliver the sermon during the service as the Archbishop of Canterbury had to withdraw due to contracting Covid-19.

Both couples were greeted with loud cheers and waved to the crowd as they climbed the steps to the cathedral.

Earlier, a member of the Royal Air Force in the military honor guard collapsed along the steps to St Paul’s but was able to get up and be helped away.

After that, a second soldier also collapsed, but was also able to get up and was helped away on foot, despite getting a stretcher out.

Members of the royal family have begun arriving at St Paul’s, greeted by the ringing of the cathedral bells.

The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, and her husband Mike were greeted by the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of York.

There was a huge cheer when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sit in the second row of the congregation, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, Princess Margaret’s daughter, and her family.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take to their seats in St Paul's Cathedral
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take to their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral Photo: Victoria Jones/AP

Some members of the crowd booed as prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife career got out of their car and climbed the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral for the Thanksgiving service, although there were also cheers from some onlookers.

They are now seated in the cathedral.

The guests take their seats slowly. Among those present are a number of former prime ministers.

Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May are all in attendance.

Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid, Liz Truss and Priti Patel are also there.

Shortly afterwards, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrived with her husband, and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer also arrived.

Tony Blair, left, and Gordon Brown
Tony Blair, left, and Gordon Brown Photo: Phil Noble/AP

Crowds gather prior to the service of St. Paul

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the Queen’s platinum anniversary celebrations in central London, where the Prince of Wales replaces the Queen during St Paul’s service.

Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old monarch missed the service “with great reluctance” as she experienced episodic mobility problems throughout the day as she began her anniversary celebrations on Thursday.

Crowds have gathered outside the cathedral waiting for a glimpse of the royal family, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson was booed on his arrival.

The Archbishop of York has said that giving the sermon in service of thanksgiving is a “somewhat terrifying act”.

Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell had to intervene at 11am after the Archbishop of Canterbury Most Reverend Justin Welby contracted Covid.

Speaking before the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Cottrell said he was trying to treat it as just “another sermon”.

“That’s my job, of course, speaking about the Christian faith, preaching,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“While this is a somewhat terrifying act, I have had an offer at short notice, from my knowledge of the Queen and when I have been with her before, indeed when I have preached in church when she is there, the only thing I ‘ I am very confident that she wants to hear about the Christian faith that has motivated and sustained her throughout her life, during her reign.”

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