Harry and Meghan were reunited with the family in public after more than two years of anniversary thanksgiving

Harry and Meghan were reunited with the family in public after more than two years of anniversary thanksgiving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been reunited with their families in public for the first time in over two years for the Queen’s anniversary Thanksgiving service.

Harry and Meghan arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for the service minutes before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who arrived without their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall followed, and Charles represented the Queen.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee celebration.  Picture date: Friday 3 June 2022.
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The Cambridge family waves to the crowds as they arrive at St Paul’s
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in St Pauls
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Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in St Pauls
Prince Charles and Camilla arrive
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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were the last to arrive

The 96-year-old monarch was “reluctantly” forced to withdraw after experiencing “discomfort” during the first day of the celebration and will look at home in Windsor instead.

There were several other royals at the service, including Princess Anne, the Count and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara and Mike Tindall, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie came to a mixture of cheers and bunings from the crowds, some of whom had camped overnight to see members of the royal family and senior politicians appear before the Queen.

When the guests arrived, at least two members of the Armed Forces collapsed on the steps of the cathedral and were escorted away by ambulance officers.

Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebration for Queen Elizabeth II.  Picture date: Friday 3 June 2022.
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Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall arrive
(Main from left to right) The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, and (back from left to right) Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London , on day two of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Anniversary Celebration.  Picture date: Friday 3 June 2022.
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From left to right: Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Back from left to right: Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie
Princess Royal, Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cambridge during the National Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral, London, on Day Two of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Anniversary.  Picture date: Friday 3 June 2022.
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Princess Anne talks to William and Kate before the service
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Lady Sarah Chatto attended the National Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Anniversary.  Picture date: Friday 3 June 2022.

Both Harry and Meghan have not been seen in public with the Royals since Sussex’s last engagement as working royal families – the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020.

Since then, the couple has started a new life in Los Angeles and given a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey who claimed that members of the royal household commented on the color of their son’s skin.

Harry also claimed that his father had stopped taking his calls and that he had not talked to his brother.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson attend the National Service of Thanksgiving held in St Paul's Cathedral as part of the celebration of the Platinum Anniversary of the Queen of Great Britain, in London, UK, June 3, 2022. REUTERS / Phil Noble / Pool
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Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie inside St Paul’s

The platinum anniversary is also the first time they are back in the UK together with their daughter Lilibet – named after the queen – who turns one on Saturday.

There has been speculation that Her Majesty will take time out from official proceedings to meet her great-granddaughter for the first time.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson look at each other next to the British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as they attend the National Service of Thanksgiving held in St Paul's Cathedral as part of the celebration of the Queen's Platinum anniversary in London, London, 3 June 2022. REUTERS / Phil Noble / Pool
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Foreign Minister Liz Truss (second right) and Interior Minister Priti Patel (right) join the Prime Minister and his wife inside
British Labor Party opposition leader Keir Starmer arrives at the National Service of Thanksgiving held in St Paul's Cathedral during the celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London, UK, on ​​June 3, 2022. REUTERS / Toby Melville / Pool
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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer arrived alone
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives at the National Service of Thanksgiving held in St Paul's Cathedral during the celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London, UK, on ​​June 3, 2022. REUTERS / Toby Melville / Pool
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Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon went up the central stairs
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya

After the Queen’s birthday parade and balcony performance at Buckingham Palace, a spokesman for the palace said the monarch would not attend St Paul’s service because of the “travel and activity required”.

Prince Andrew did not attend after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The Duke of York had been told to stay away from most of the anniversary celebrations but would be at the Thanksgiving service.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London, UK, June 3, 2022. REUTERS / Toby Melville / Pool
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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie
Former Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip
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Former Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Blair arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving held in St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London, UK, June 3, 2022. REUTERS / Toby Melville / Pool
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David and Samantha Cameron arrive

Boris Johnson reads from the Bible

The Archbishop of Canterbury was also absent after testing positive for covid.

In his place, the Archbishop of York read a sermon, followed by a passage from the Bible read by the Prime Minister.

Former British leaders, current ministers and representatives of various denominations were also among the guests, which included 400 key workers, voluntary charities and members of the Armed Forces.

Members of the Armed Forces march on the steps of St Paul's
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Members of the Armed Forces march on the steps of St Paul’s
A member of the Ceremonial Guard suffers a medical problem outside St Paul's Cathedral, on the day of the National Service of Thanksgiving, during Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Anniversary Celebration in London, UK, June 3, 2022. REUTERS / Toby Melville / Pool
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A member of the ceremonial guard suffers from a medical problem on the stairs
Well wishers await the arrival of the royal family before the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebration for Queen Elizabeth II.  Picture date: Friday, June 3, 2022.
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Royal fans are waiting for the royalty outside St Paul’s Cathedral

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There is a reception in the Guildhall after the service, with a new anthem by Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir.

On Saturday, the Queen is expected to take part in the Epsom derby before the party at the Palace concert in the evening.

Big anniversary lunches will take place on the streets of the UK on Sunday lunch, before the £ 15 million Anniversary Race through the streets of central London.

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