How to watch the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service and who will attend?

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Celebrity royals will descend on St Paul’s for Thanksgiving service (Image: DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty)

after one unforgettable Trooping the Color and the stunning flyby of the Red Arrows, the next event on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee schedule is the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

It is worth noting that this is the first royal event in 50 years to operate the recently repaired Great Paul, the country’s largest church bell.

So, how to follow the historic occasion on TV?

Here’s everything you need to know.

How to see the Thanksgiving service?

Platinum Jubilee: A Service of Thanksgiving airs today (Friday 3 June) on BBC One from 9.15am.

You can also stream it live on BBC iPlayer.

The royals are expected to arrive at 11am, with the service itself starting shortly after.

Inside St Paul's Cathedral

You can follow all the action live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer (Image: Dan Kitwood – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It lasts until 12:30 p.m.

David Dimbleby and Sophie Raworth are at St Paul’s in London to present live coverage while Kirsty Young is joined by special guests at St James’s Park.

What can you expect from the Thanksgiving service?

Expect Bible readings, hymns, prayers and hymns, as well as reflections on the Queen’s reign.

The service will include a new hymn by Judith Weir, Mistress of the Queen’s Music, setting words from the third chapter of Proverbs.

Who Attends the Thanksgiving Service?

Many of the most prominent royals will attend the service, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

It is also believed that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will attend their first royal event together since leaving the UK.

However, the 96-year-old monarch herself will forgo the service.

The Palace said Thursday: “Taking into account the travel and activities required to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”

It is understood that Charles will represent Her Majesty at the event.

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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York will also miss the service after testing positive for Covid-19.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Following a routine test, the Duke has tested positive for Covid and it is with regret that he will not be attending tomorrow’s service.”

Andrew is understood to have seen the Queen in recent days but has been getting tested regularly and has not seen her since he tested positive.

In a third blow, the Archbishop of Canterbury was also forced to resign after also contracting Covid-19.

Speaking of his illness, Justin Welby said: “I am deeply saddened to miss the historic celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“I will, however, pray for the Queen and give thanks for her extraordinary 70 years of service to us all.”

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The celebrations, which will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, will mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne.

There will be street parties, concerts and other special events across the UK attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family. How to watch the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service and who will attend?

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