Who's who at the Queen's Service of Thanksgiving

Who’s who in the pews of St Paul’s: We reveal the VIP guests at the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving

  • Royal Family turned out for the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today
  • Queen, 96, pulled out last night and was represented by her son Prince Charles, who was joined by Camilla 
  • The Cambridges, the Sussexes and the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children were also present
  • FEMAIL reveals a full list of the royal family members spotted in the front rows of St Paul’s Cathedral 

The Royal Family turned out in force for the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning. 

The Queen, 96, was represented at the service by her son Prince Charles, 73, after she pulled out yesterday because she experienced ‘discomfort’ during Trooping the Colour. 

Her son Prince Andrew was also missing after testing positive for Covid-19 yesterday but her three other children, eight grandchildren, and their respective spouses were all present, as were a selection of cousins and their families. 

All eyes were on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they made their first royal appearance in more than two years, after stepping back from royal duties in March 2020. 

They were seated between Harry’s cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their respective husbands, and Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Chatto and her family. 

The Royal Family turned out in force for the Queen’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning

In front of them were Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and their two children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, who have held increasingly public roles after Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties.  

On the other side of the aisle were the Tindalls, Princess Margaret’s son David Armstrong-Jones and some of Her Majesty’s cousins and their children.

Notably, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were given seats next  to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. 

The seating is a reflection of their seniority within the Royal Family but also helped avoid any awkward moments were they to cross paths with Harry and Meghan.  

Here, FEMAIL takes a closer look at the royals who showed up to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee… 


Prime seats: From left to right, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles led the congregation at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

1. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence: Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, 67, was seated next to his wife at the high profile occasion. Following the service, he accompanied his niece Lady Louise Windsor, 18, down the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Despite not being a working member of the Royal Family, Sir Timothy was invited to join the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony yesterday, in recognition of the valuable support he provides his wife, the Princess Royal. The retired Royal Navy officer wore his service medals.

2. Princess Anne: Princess Anne, 71, was seated on the front row between her husband and the Duchess of Cambridge. The Princess Royal looked elegant in a green ensemble with matching hat. Yesterday Princess Anne took on a starring role in Trooping the Colour, accompanying her brother Prince Charles on horseback as he inspected the troops and took the salute.

3. The Duchess of Cambridge: Kate Middleton, 40, was a vision in lemon yellow Emilia Wickstead dress and Philip Treacy hat as she joined her husband Prince William, 39, at the Service of Thanksgiving today. In a sweet tribute to the Queen, Kate sported a pair of Her Majesty’s earrings, which she previously wore to Prince Philip’s funeral and Remembrance Sunday service in 2016.

4. Prince William: The Duke of Cambridge, 39, put on a dignified display as he supported his father at the Service of Thanksgiving. William, who also had a starring role in Trooping the Colour yesterday, looked handsome in morning dress and military medals. He was not forced to come face-to-face with his brother Prince Harry thanks to careful planning from Buckingham Palace aides that kept the brothers apart. 

5. The Duchess of Cornwall: Camilla, 74, arrived alongside Prince Charles, choosing to wear an all ivory and gold embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare and hat by Philip Treacy. The Duchess of Cornwall was present to support her husband as he represented the Queen after she pulled out late last night. 

6. Prince Charles: Prince Charles represented the Queen at the service in London today after she was forced to pull out last night. The 96-year-old Queen missed today’s service at St Paul’s following a last-minute decision announced by the Palace at 7.30pm last night after she experienced ‘discomfort’ during the Trooping The Colour events. The Prince of Wales is taking on an increasingly prominent role as his mother faces ongoing health issues.


Moved up the pecking order: Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn

7. Prince Edward: The Earl of Wessex, 58, the Queen’s youngest son, was joined by his wife and two children at the Service of Thanksgiving. Whereas once the Wessexes would have found themselves on the second row of such an occasion, in reflection of Edward’s lower placing in the line of succession, he has been bumped up the pecking order after Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties. As a result he is given prime seats at events like today’s service at Trooping the Colour yesterday.

8. The Countess of Wessex: One of the Queen’s inner circle, the Countess of Wessex, 57, put on a typically faultless display as she joined the senior royals at the Service of Thanksgiving. Sophie sported a sparkly dress by brand Suzannah for the event celebrating her mother-in-law the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, teaming the dress with a bespoke dyed cocktail hat from Jane Taylor millinery.

9. Lady Louise Windsor: The Queen’s 18-year-old granddaughter put her best fashion foot forward in a white silk dress from high street label Ghost as she stepped out for the Service of Thanksgiving. The teenager, who enjoys a particularly close relationship with her grandmother, finished the look with a pink hairband. 

10. James, Viscount Severn: Next to Lady Louise was her 14-year-old brother, James, Viscount Severn, the youngest of the Queen’s grandchildren. His seniority in the Royal Family means he is often invited to royal events not attended by other youngsters like Savannah Phillips, 11, and her sister Isla, 10.


Showing their support: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy

11. The Duke of Gloucester: Queen’s cousin Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, 77, is the son of her uncle Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. He carries out royal engagements on behalf of the Queen and has links to 150 organisations. Many of The Duke’s Patronages are related to architecture and conservation, both areas in which The Duke remains deeply interested. He joined the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday.

12. The Duchess of Gloucester: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, 75, is a full-time working member of the Royal Family. The Duchess of Gloucester travels extensively across the UK and overseas to undertake hundreds of engagements every year. Many are related to the more than 60 organisations with which she is connected, across the arts, the military, sport, health, welfare and education. She was also on the balcony yesterday. 

13. The Duke of Kent: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 86, is the son of Queen’s uncle Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. In acknowledgement of his close personal relationship with the Queen, he was invited to join Her Majesty on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday. The Duke of Kent is involved with over 140 different charities, organisations and professional bodies.

14. Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy: Princess Alexandra is the daughter of Queen’s uncle Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. She is patron or president of over 100 organisations which reflect her wide-ranging interests, from the arts to health care. She also supports The Queen in her duties as Head of State, attending ceremonial occasions alongside other members of the Royal Family.


Distant relatives Lady Gabriella Windsor, Sophie Winkleman, Lord Frederick Windsor, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent (face hidden behind Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence) at the Service of Thanksgiving today

15. Lady Gabriella Windsor: Prince Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor, 41, looked elegant as she arrived at the event with her husband Thomas Kingston, wearing an all-peach ensemble, matching her accessories to her belted midi dress.

16. Sophie Winkleman: Actress Sophie Winkleman, 41, who is married to Prince Michael’s son Lord Frederick Windsor, stunned in a vibrant fuchsia dress as she made her way to the event, hand-in-hand with her husband. The former star is best known for her role as Big Suze in Peep Show. 

17. Lord Frederick Windsor: Financial analyst Lord Frederick Windsor, 43, is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. He married his actress wife Sophie in 2009. The couple share two children, Maud and Isabella.

18. Prince Michael of Kent: Prince Michael of Kent, 79, is a son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Prince Michael is involved in around 100 charities and organisations, however he is not a working royal and does not carry out engagements on behalf of his cousin the Queen.

19. Princess Michael of Kent: The wife of Prince Michael, Princess Michael of Kent, 77, is of German, Austrian, and Hungarian descent. She is actively involved in around 45 different charities and organisations, including animal and wildlife trusts and health and welfare charities.

Supportive family: (Pictured from left, the row behind Princess Anne) Lord Nicholas Windsor, James Ogilvy, Julia Ogilvy (in white hat, face hidden by the Duchess of Cambridge), Sylvana Tomaselli, George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews

20. Lord Nicholas Windsor: Lord Nicholas Windsor, 51, is a son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. As a Catholic convert, he has forfeited his right of succession to the throne.

21. James Ogilvy: Landscape architect James Ogilvy, 58, is the elder child and only son of Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy and the late Angus Ogilvy. He is also an accomplished photographer.

22. Julia Ogilvy: Author Julia Ogilvy, 57, is the wife of James Ogilvy. The couple share two children. 

23. Sylvana Tomaselli: Wife of the Earl of St Andrews, Canadian-born academic and historian Sylvana Tomaselli, a lecturer at Cambridge University, opted for a pink ensemble topped with a pink hat for the occasion. She recently attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

24. George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews: The Earl of St Andrews, a former diplomat, is the elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and his wife, Katharine, Duchess of Kent. The 59-year-old father-of-four attended with his wife Sylvana Tomaselli.


Coming together (from left, behind Camilla: Charles Armstrong-Jones, David Armstrong-Jones, Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips were seated behind the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles at the Service of Thanksgiving

25. Charles Armstrong-Jones: The 22-year-old son of the Second Earl of Snowdon, David Armstrong-Jones, was seated next to his father David Armstrong-Jones at the memorial service. Armstrong-Jones was the third grandchild of Princess Margaret. 

26. David Armstrong-Jones: David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, 60, is the son of Princess Margaret and her husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones. Formerly styled as Viscount Linley and known professionally as David Linley, he is a furniture maker and former chairman of the auction house Christie’s. He enjoys a close relationship to his aunt the Queen.

27. Mike Tindall: Ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall, 43, is the husband of Zara Tindall. The couple share three children and live on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe estate, in Gloucestershire. Mike has a close relationship with Zara’s family, particularly her brother and cousins. He was spotted hugging William when they met at an event last week.

28. Zara Tindall: Standing out from the crowd in a vibrant pink ensemble was the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, 41, Princess Anne’s younger child and only daughter. The accomplished equestrian appeared on particularly good form and was spotted chatting to Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex after the service. Yesterday she kept a low profile at Trooping the Colour, watching the action from the Major General’s Office.

29. Peter Phillips: Seated next to his sister and brother-in-law at the end of the row was Peter Phillips, 44, the Queen’s eldest grandchild. Princess Anne’s son attended alone, following his divorce from wife Autumn Phillips last year. The couple share two daughters, Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, who attend royal events with their father. Yesterday they were spotted playing with Princess Charlotte and the Cambridge children at Trooping the Colour.


Representing the Yorks: Princess Beatrice, her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and her sister Princess Eugenie

Cracking a joke: Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank and Prince Harry share a joke ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving

30. Princess Beatrice: Princess Beatrice, 33, looked elegant in a blue dress by Beulah. She wore her strawberry blonde locks styled in a carefully coiffed ponytail that was tucked underneath her blue hat. Beatrice was the most senior member of the York family present today after her father tested positive for Covid. 

31. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi: Princess Beatrice’s husband Edo, 38, stayed by his wife’s side as he supported her at the Service of Thanksgiving. The father-of-two shares daughter Sienna with the royal and has a son, Wolfie, from a previous relationship.

32. Princess Eugenie: Princess Eugenie, 32, looked radiant in an orange dress as she joined her sister and family at the Service of Thanksgiving. Her brown locks were styled neatly in a ponytail under a discreet black hat from Juliette Botterill. It was no doubt a particularly happy occasion for the royal, who has an especially close bond with her cousin Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. She and Jack visited the couple in the US. 

33. Jack Brooksbank: Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, 36, was seated between his wife and her cousin Prince Harry. Harry and banker Brooksbank were spotted giggling ahead of the historic service, with Princess Eugenie, dressed in a striking orange dress, appearing to also stifle a laugh.


34. Prince Harry: The Duke of Sussex was joined by his wife Meghan as he made a rare royal appearance after stepping back as a working member of the royal family. Harry, 37, who was last in the UK for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue last year, appeared in good spirits at the Service of Thanksgiving today. He and Meghan are visiting from their home in California with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one tomorrow. 

35. The Duchess of Sussex: Meghan, 40, was the picture of poise in a cream coat by Dior and matching shoes by the designer as she made her first public royal appearance in more than two years. The Sussexes were last seen with The Firm at the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals. Following the service, she was seen joking with Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. 


The Chattos: Lady Sarah, her husband Daniel and their children Samuel and Arthur (in military dress) at the service today

36. Lady Sarah Chatto: Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto looked elegant in ivory as she arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for today’s National Service of Thanksgiving – taking a seat next to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the historic event. She has always been close to her aunt the Queen and once referred to her as a second mother. 

37. Daniel Chatto: Former actor Daniel Chatto, 56, is the husband of Sarah Chatto and stays largely out of the spotlight. The couple married in 1994 and share two sons, who accompanied them today.

38. Samuel Chatto: Sarah and Daniel’s eldest son Samuel, 25, an artist, took his seat next to his parents in the pew. He wore morning dress and styled his hair in a floppy hairstyle. 

39. Arthur Chatto: Lady Chatto’s youngest son Arthur, the Queen’s great nephew, looked dapper in his military uniform; the 23-year-old has won plenty of fans on social media in recent years thanks to his handsome looks and recent Royal Marine status. Once seated in the cathedral, Arthur removed his military hat to reveal a closely-shorn haircut.

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