What happens during today’s service?
As guests begin to arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral this morning, here’s a preview of what’s to come:
Starting at 11:30 a.m., the service will include Bible readings, prayers and hymns to express gratitude for Elizabeth’s reign. More than 400 people were invited to the service – all of whom were recipients of honors in the New Year or Birthday Honors lists.
Political figures from the UK and around the world will also be present. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will give a reading from the New Testament while the sermon will be delivered by Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York.
“We gather today in this Cathedral Church to offer God our thanks and praise for the reign of Her Majesty The Queen
and above all for his seventy years of faithful and dedicated service,” said David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s.
The cathedral’s ‘Grand Paul’ bell – the largest in the country and dating from 1882 – will also ring for the first time on a royal occasion since it was restored last year after a mechanism broke in the 1970s .
What happens after the thanksgiving service?
After the service, the Royal Family will attend a Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation.
Members of the congregation will also be invited to the event.