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.
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.
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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