Dressed in a beautiful pale mint-green, silk outfit embroidered with star-shaped flowers, Swarovski crystals and silver thread, The Queen looked resplendent at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, 5 June 2012.
The occasion marked one of the most important moments of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Very Rev David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, addressed the congregation with the words “We come to this Cathedral Church today to give thanks to almighty God for the prosperous reign of The Queen.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, praised The Queen for her life-long dedication to her work, and described “Her Majesty’s 60 years of service” as “utterly demanding yet deeply joyful”.
The Queen attended the Service of Thanksgiving without Prince Philip, who had been taken ill with a bladder infection. The Prince of Wales sat on The Queen’s right-hand-side during the service, while one of The Queen’s ladies in waiting – Lady Farnham – accompanied her during the day.
The Service of Thanksgiving was attended by numerous members of the Royal Family including the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Prime Minister and other cabinet members, The Lord Mayor of the City of London – Alderman David Wootton, and representatives of various charities and other organisations connected to the Royal Family were also present. One of the highlights of the service was the performance of the ‘Diamond Choir’ – a group of children from across UK.
To remember this momentous occasion there are lots of commemorative gifts available to purchase through the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee online store - from a great selection of books and DVDs about Queen Elizabeth II to the very special The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK £5 Coin.
Image: Queen Elizabeth II walks from St Paul’s Cathedral, London following a National Service of Thanksgiving on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tuesday, 5 June 2012. Crowds cheering “God Save The Queen!” and pealing church bells greeted The Queen as she arrived for the service on the last of four-days of celebrations of her 60-years on the throne. Photo credit: (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)