Royals, dignitaries, and NHS workers attend service of thanksgiving for the Queen

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queens reign at St Pauls Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were cheered as they arrived at the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queens reign on Friday (Getty)

Members of the Royal Family were joined by politicians, dignitaries and key workers at a service of thanksgiving for the Queen on Friday.

More than 400 people packed into St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the monarch's 70 year reign, but the Queen was absent from the service.

It was announced late on Thursday that she would not attend the ceremony after experiencing "some discomfort" during the previous day's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Instead, she was represented by her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles who, with wife Camilla, sat next to Prince William and wife Kate.

(front, left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Charles represented his 96-year-old mother at the service at St Paul's Cathedral, accompanied by his wife, son William, and William's wife Kate (Getty)

Prince Andrew did also not attend after it was announced he had tested positive for COVID the night before.

Among those who did attend the service were Boris Johnson and wife Carrie, who were booed and whistled at as they made their way into the building.

From left, Britain's Princess Anne, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attend the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Friday, June 3, 2022. (Aaron Chown/Pool photo via AP)
The Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, appeared to share a joke with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ahead of the service (AP)

Labour leader Keir Starmer, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, and a selection of NHS key workers were recognised for their work during the pandemic also attended.

Britain's former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive to the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha attended the service (Getty)
Former Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth arrive to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Tony Blair and wife Cherie Booth also attended the service (Getty)

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were cheered as they arrived, but sat separately from senior royals as a resut of relinquishing their royal duties in 2020.

After a hostile reception on arrival, Johnson addressed the congregation with a Bible reading.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral as part of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Friday, June 3, 2022. (Victoria Jones/Pool photo via AP)
Boris Johnson gave a reading at the National Service of Thanksgiving after being booed on arrival (AP)

The archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, had described his job of delivering the sermon as a “slightly terrifying gig”, having stepped in at the last minute after the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tested positive for COVID-19.

Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah arrive to the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Gordon and Sarah Brown were invited to the service (Getty)

As well as a host of famous faces, many key workers were invited to the service as a gesture of appreciation for their work during the pandemic.

Those invited in recognition of their service have all been recipients of honours in the New Year or Birthday Honours lists and their number also includes public servants and representatives from social enterprises and voluntary groups.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband and current chief executive officer of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Peter Murrel arrive to the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband and current chief executive officer of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Peter Murrel smiled as they walked towards the cathedral (Getty)
Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall arrive to the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen's grandaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall sat with family at the service (Getty)

The thanksgiving service was part of a four-day celebration in honour of the Queen's jubilee.

Friday saw her attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace, before heading back to Windsor for a private lunch with her close family.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: A general view of the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
St Paul's Cathedral was packed on Friday for the National Service of Thanksgiving in honour of the Queen's 70 year reign (Getty)

On Saturday, some of the world’s biggest stars will perform at Platinum Party at the Palace, a concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.

Britain's former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATT DUNHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May also attended (Getty)

Hosted by Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp, the gig will feature performances from the likes of Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Sir Elton John and Diana Ross.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya arrive to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
London mayor Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya took part in the celebrations (Getty)

On Sunday, more than 200,000 local events will take place across the country as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, including screenings, street parties and picnics.

Themes being planned include red, white and blue and dancing through the decades with a world record attempt for the longest street party and the biggest Big Jubilee Lunch.

More than 600 Big Jubilee Lunches are also planned in more than 70 countries across the world, from Greenland to New Zealand.

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