More than 400 people making a difference nationally or locally are among the guests and many have worked tirelessly during the pandemic
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Key staff, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces will celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne at a thanksgiving service – although the monarch herself will not be in attendance.
More than 400 people who made a difference nationally or locally will be guests at St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow.
They will join members of the royal family, but those hoping to catch a glimpse of the queen will be disappointed as she backed down after experiencing “some discomfort” during Thursday’s events.
Senior members of the monarchy in attendance include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will be joined by the extended royal family.
Charles will officially represent the Queen at the service.
The Duke of York was supposed to attend but has now withdrawn after testing positive for Covid.
The Dean of St. Paul’s, Dr. David Ison, in The Bidding, will say: “We gather in this Cathedral Church today to offer our thanks and praise to God for the reign of Her Majesty The Queen and particularly for her 70 years of faithful and devoted service.
“As we gather from communities from her kingdom and the commonwealth of nations, we rejoice in the diverse and varied lives of all those she serves and the beauty and bounty of the world in which we live.
“Inspired by words and music, we pray that God may continue to bless and guide Her Majesty and that we may all receive grace to honor life and live in harmony with one another; and we continue to pray for those whose lives are marred by conflict, suffering and tragedy.
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“And mindful of God’s call to care for the needs of others, we recommit ourselves to care for our world and all that call it home, always seeking the good in people and in all creation to seek and promote.”
Those invited in recognition of their services have all been recipients of honors in the New Year’s or Birthday Honors Rolls, and their numbers also include government officials and representatives of social enterprise and volunteer groups.
Boris Johnson, who will give a New Testament reading, and members of his cabinet are among the guests, along with Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, first ministers from the devolved governments and former prime ministers.
The diplomatic world will be represented by High Commissioners and Ambassadors from around the world, as well as Governors General and clergymen from around the world.
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Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell will deliver the homily after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tested positive for Covid-19. The Dean of the Chapel Royal, Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, will administer the collective and blessing and the Dean of St Paul’s will lead the service.
Young people representing countries where the Queen is Head of State will lead the ‘Act of Commitment’ celebrating the life and reign of the monarch, led by Reverend Robert Kozak.
During the day, before and after the service, one of the country’s largest bells, the Great Paul, will ring for the first time on a royal occasion.
The event will feature a new anthem by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, setting words from the third chapter of the Book of Proverbs.
Bible readings, hymns and prayers expressing gratitude for the Queen’s rule, faith and service will also be heard from the congregation as the nation marks the monarch’s 70th jubilee.
Before the service begins, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) will play when the congregation arrives and the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry will perform to mark the royal arrival, while the Central Band of Trumpeters fanfare the Royal Air Force will later accompany them on duty.
The choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal will come together to sing Sir Hubert Parry’s Vivat, I Was Glad, which is performed at every coronation and now for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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