Meghan Markle and Prince Harry prepare for biggest royal reunion since their wedding in showdown with Queen

It will be their first family trip to the UK since leaving for the US in 2020

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be attending the largest Royal Family reunion since their wedding next week, as the Queen’s relatives gather to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

The service, which will be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday 3 June, will mark the monarch's 70 years on the throne.

The Queen is expected to be accompanied by her cousins, children and grandchildren at the service of thanksgiving, for what will be the largest royal outing of the Bank Holiday weekend.

It has not yet been confirmed if the Queen's great-grandchildren will attend the service.

Regardless, the thanksgiving service will be the first time Harry and Meghan will be accompanied by such a large number of royals since their wedding in 2018.

The Duke and Duchess will accompany members of the Royal Family at the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul's.
The Duke and Duchess will accompany members of the Royal Family at the Platinum Jubilee service at St Paul's.
The Queens attendance at the ceremony will be confirmed on the day.
The Queens attendance at the ceremony will be confirmed on the day.

The Duke and Duchess are due to make the trip from California with their children Archie and Lillibet, marking their first family trip to the UK since departing for the US in 2020.

It will be baby Lillibet's first introduction to the Queen and the royals since her birth in June 2021.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan and Harry will not be accompanying members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony at Trooping the Colour, as only working royals are permitted.

It's reported that Prince Andrew will also attend the service, in what will be his first public appearance since Prince Philip's memorial in April.

The thanksgiving service will be the only public event of the four-day celebration.

It is said that the Queen is keen to attend the service although her attendance will be confirmed on the day.

Palace aides have confirmed that the monarch has been facing "episodic mobility problems" since the Autumn.

Procedures are in place to ensure the Queen can attend the service in a dignified manner.

She may slip through a side entrance without being photographed if required.

The service will comprise of Bible readings, anthems, prayers and hymns, acknowledging and commending the Queen's seven decade reign.

Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music, will perform a new anthem, which includes phrases from the third chapter of the book of Proverbs.

The Royal Family are set to arrive at the cathedral from 11am. GB News will be covering the ceremony live.