Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Grandchildren appear for Thanksgiving service

The Queen's youngest grandchildren rarely appear at Thanksgiving service

Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn make their second appearance at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Image: PA/REX)

The Queen’s youngest grandchildren honored the monarch’s platinum anniversary alongside senior royals at a special thanksgiving service this morning.

Lady Louise Windsor, 18, looked elegant while her brother James, Viscount Severn, 14, wore a smart suit as they joined her parents Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex for the family’s second engagement in two days.

The Royal Family were out in full force today – including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who were cheered on by crowds at St Paul’s Cathedral after they flew over from the US to attend the celebration.

The Queen herself was unable to attend the event as she struggles with mobility issues and was watching the event on TV.

It’s rare for Louise and James to be the center of attention, with Sophie previously saying she believes it’s important that they “grow up as normally as possible”.

But both were spotted waving to the crowd in a carriage at the Queen’s birthday parade yesterday.

They then joined working family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Louise – 16th in line to the throne – didn’t realize her grandmother was the Queen of England until she was in school, as was previously revealed.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn, arrive on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. The National Service marks the Queen's 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realm and the Commonwealth. Public service is at the heart of the event and over 400 recipients of New Year or Birthday Honors were invited in recognition of their contribution to public life. They hail from all four nations of the UK and include NHS and key workers, teaching staff, public and armed forces representatives, charities, social enterprises and volunteer groups. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn, arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving (Image: PA)

Lady Louise Windsor and the Countess of Wessex arrive for a reception at the Guildhall, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II, organized by the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation for those attending the National Service of Thanksgiving is held . Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. The National Service marks the Queen's 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realm and the Commonwealth. Public service is at the heart of the event and over 400 recipients of New Year or Birthday Honors were invited in recognition of their contribution to public life. They hail from all four nations of the UK and include NHS and key workers, teaching staff, public and armed forces representatives, charities, social enterprises and volunteer groups. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Louise was ‘shocked’ to find out her grandma was the queen, her mum previously revealed (Image: PA)

BYLINE CHANGE RETRANSMITTED TO VICTORIA JONES (front left to right) The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn and (back left to right) Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie during the National Harvest Festival at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on the second day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. The National Service marks the Queen's 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realm and the Commonwealth. Public service is at the heart of the event and over 400 recipients of New Year or Birthday Honors were invited in recognition of their contribution to public life. They hail from all four nations of the UK and include NHS and key workers, teaching staff, public and armed forces representatives, charities, social enterprises and volunteer groups. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Family took center stage this weekend (Image: PA)

Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace along the Mall and towards Trooping the Color in on Wednesday 2nd June 2022, the first of four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations London drives. The events, over a long bank holiday weekend in Britain, are set to celebrate the monarch's 70th anniversary of service. (Aaron Chown/Pool Photo via AP)

Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor ride in a carriage as the royal procession leaves Buckingham Palace along the Mall (Image: AP)

In 2016, Sophie told the BBC: “It happened a while ago. Well, for Louise it was actually more of a shock to the system.

“It was just when she came home from school and said, ‘Mom, people always tell me that grandma is the queen.’

When asked how her 12-year-old daughter felt about her grandmother’s title, Sophie replied that she “didn’t understand.”

“I don’t think she realized that there might be only one queen,” she said.

Sophie said she wants to “keep her kids away if that’s the case,” adding, “They need to go out and get a job and earn a living later in life and if they’ve had a normal start in life maybe they can get, then hopefully they will benefit from it.’

Lady Louise has a close relationship with Her Majesty and had a special bond with her late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, due to their shared interest in carriage driving.

More than two public holidays remain to celebrate the Queen’s historic 70th anniversary on the throne.

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TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the National Thanksgiving Service for the Queen's Reign at the Saint on June 3, 2022 as part of celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Paul's Cathedral in London. - Queen Elizabeth II opened the first of four days of celebrations to mark her record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne to cheering crowds of tens of thousands. But the 96-year-old sovereign's performance at the Platinum Jubilee - a milestone never before achieved by a British monarch - took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a scheduled service. (Photo by Aaron Chown/POOL/AFP) (Photo by AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew over from the US to attend the celebration (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the National Thanksgiving Service to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee at St .Paul's Cathedral to celebrate in London, England. Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated from 2-5 June 2022 in the UK and Commonwealth to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge sing during the service (Image: Getty Images)

Younger members of the royal family are expected to be seen again at an open-air concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday night.

Huge stars will be appearing and performing – including Diana Ross, Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham and Elton John.

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.

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.

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