Prince Charles, Camilla, Kate Middleton and Prince William were among the guests at London’s Guildhall for a reception following the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Service at St Paul’s Cathedral
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The Royal Family and a group of special guests feasted on smoked duck breast and coronation chicken at an anniversary lunch after the Thanksgiving service while sipping English sparkling wine.
After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie made their way to the reception at London’s Guildhall.
Many, still in their chic church costumes and hats, stopped to pose for photos together before heading inside – including Peep Show star Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the Queen’s cousin’s son.
However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle skipped the event, despite making their first appearance at the service today since leaving the UK.
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Guests savored a selection of delicious canapés including smoked Norfolk duck breast with grapes and balsamic vinegar, smoked salmon and dill, beetroot shortbread with whipped goat cheese and cocktail sausages. There was also a buffet of coronation chicken with grapes and rice salad, Welsh Shephard’s pie, cod and chips, trout and rare Hereford fillets.
For dessert, they were treated to vanilla clotted cream ice cream and chocolate dipped in strawberries.
English sparkling wine and wines from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand were also served. Non-drinkers can order soft drinks, including a cranberry bellini.
Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by former Lord Mayor Sir David Wootton and Colonel Simon Duckworth, followed closely by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel were also present, along with Health Secretary Sajid Javid and former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny told the guests: “We are very grateful for their 70 years of service to the UK and Commonwealth, which we are celebrating today.
“She was a great example of duty and public service to all of us.
“She is one of the most recognized and respected people in the world. And for 70 years it has ensured continuity, stability and unity.
“There couldn’t be a better ambassador for this country and for the Commonwealth.
“All of us here are immensely grateful for the service she has rendered and for the manner in which she has served as Head of State – with dignity, dedication and a deeply rooted faith.”
The Queen was not at the reception as she had skipped the Thanksgiving service due to ill health.
Instead, she watched the service on television from Windsor Castle. She is expected to rest at her Berkshire residence after the busy start of the anniversary celebrations on Thursday.
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