Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday.
For the church service, part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived early in the motorcade around 11.05am.
The couple, who arrived without son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 11 months, held hands as they approached the church.
Markle, 40, stunned in a dress coat and hat, while her husband, 37, sported a suit.
As Page Six previously reported, the 96-year-old monarch announced she would no longer be attending the service after feeling “unwell” following Thursday’s festivities.
“Given the travel and activity required to participate in [Friday’s] National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded not to attend,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Queen is delighted to participate in [Thursday evening’s] Beacon Lighting Event at Windsor Castle and I would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion.
In keeping with tradition, the Queen appeared alongside other members of the Royal Family on the iconic balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday for the Trooping the Color Parade.
She was joined by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Also in attendance were Prince Charles, who is next in line to the British throne, and his wife, Camilla, who will take on the title of “Queen Consort” when he becomes King.
The outing marked the royal family’s first appearance on a balcony since COVID-19 swept the world in 2020.
As previously reported, the Queen has decided the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take a back seat during the Platinum Jubilee after the couple stepped down from their royal duties and moved to California in 2020. However, the two have been spotted keeping a low profile at the Trooping the Color parade, where they spent time with some of the youngest members of the royal family.
Page Six exclusively reported that Meghan, Harry and their children landed in London on Wednesday. Their visit to the UK marks the first time the Queen will meet her great-granddaughter ahead of Lilibet’s 1st birthday on June 4.
The former ‘Suits’ and her husband had only been back to the UK together once since moving to the US, secretly visiting the Queen on the way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April. Harry has traveled two other solo times but has expressed concerns about the lack of security to protect his family.
Harry has yet to be seen with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, amid their seemingly strained relationship.