Sadiq Khan greeted with cheers at St Paul's Cathedral ahead of Jubilee thanksgiving service

The Mayor of London is attending the Service of Thanksgiving this morning

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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has arrived at St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the Thanksgiving service, to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Mr Khan received extensive cheers from members of the public, who were adorned in Union Jack hats and flags.

As well as Sadiq Khan, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie were among guests arriving at St Paul's

Tony and Cherie Blair
Tony and Cherie Blair

Crowds appeared in fewer numbers than witnessed at the Trooping the Colour ceremony yesterday.

Another former Prime Minister in David Cameron arrived at St Paul's, as well as Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Proceedings at St Paul's are set to begin at 11.30am, with members of the Royal Family including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex set to attend.

Guests have begun to file into the Cathedral ahead of this morning's thanksgiving service.

Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle arrived earlier this morning for the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's.

Members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force have lined up on either side of the Great West Door of St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the arrival of members of the Royal Family.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen will be watching the service at St Paul's on television from Windsor Castle, where she spent the night following the beacon lighting ceremony.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife, Saadiya Khan, were cheered upon arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife, Saadiya Khan, were cheered upon arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving
Members of the Military line the steps of St Paul's Cathedral
Members of the Military line the steps of St Paul's Cathedral
Fans line the streets outside St Paul's cathedral
Fans line the streets outside St Paul's cathedral
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle arrived for the service
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle arrived for the service
Guests arrive or the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London
Guests arrive or the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan received cheers from crowds outside St Paul's
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan received cheers from crowds outside St Paul's

She is expected to be resting and recuperating following festivities at Buckingham Palace yesterday afternoon.

The Queen has pulled out of the Thanksgiving service, after experiencing "discomfort" at the parade at Buckingham Palace.

The decision was made with "great reluctance" after pondering on the "journey and activity required", the Palace reported.

The four days of celebrations are marking the Queen's 70-year reign.

The 96-year-old monarch appeared twice yesterday at Buckingham Palace balcony, flanked by other senior royals, as they watched a military parade and waved at thousands of well-wishers gathered on The Mall.

Over four hundred people who have positively impacted the lives of others have been invited to the thanksgiving service at St Paul's.

They will accompany senior members of the monarch such as the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Charles will officially represent the Queen at the service.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York has withdrawn from the event, following a positive covid test.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is expected to deliver a reading form the New Testament, with members of his Cabinet among the guest list, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer expected to attend.

Ambassadors and diplomats will be present alongside governors general and clergy from various world faiths.

The Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell will deliver the sermon, following the news of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby testing positive for Covid-19.