Harry and Meghan have arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of thanksgiving celebrating the Queen’s 70-year reign.
But there was no sign of their children Archie, now three, and Lilibet, who will turn one on Saturday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be seated in the second row of the congregation behind the Earl and Countess of Wessex who are in the front row with their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
Across the aisle, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who have ornate chairs, have seats alongside them for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence.
The Sussex’s had to settle for watching the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Thursday with other members of the royal family from a private room after arriving by car.
They were not seen publicly arriving at the ceremony, like William and Kate who arrived in a carriage with their three children sitting side by side, and were only briefly glimpsed through a window overlooking Horse Guards Parade.
Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, smiled as he sat next to siblings Charlotte and Louis. The three should have a chance to meet their cousin Lili for the first time this week.
Meghan playfully shushing the children of Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall (Picture: Kelvin Bruce)
The Sussexes chatting with the Duke of Kent (Picture: Kelvin Bruce)
William and Kate’s children George, Charlotte and Louis were pictured in a carriage arriving for Trooping the Colour (Picture: Karwai Tang)
The Queen is believed to have finally met her namesake and great-granddaughter after inviting Harry and Meghan to a private lunch with senior royals during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Meghan was seen laughing and playing with some of the other royal youngsters, while Harry was seen chatting to the Duke of Kent on Thursday but there was no sign of their own children.
The family left LAX and touched down in London yesterday afternoon with a small team of staffers.
Harry and Meghan shared the first picture of daughter Lilibet with their Christmas card last year, which also showed her brother (Picture: Alexi Lubomirski/Duke and Duchess of Sussex)
Harry and Meghan had a prime vantage point with other members of the monarchy privately overlooking Horse Guards Parade, as they watched Charles inspect the guardsmen and officers and take their salute as he deputised for his mother.
The room overlooks the entrance to Horse Guards, and traditionally royals watch the parade from there if they are not taking part.
After the ceremony, the Queen will acknowledge the salute of the returning Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment from Buckingham Palace’s balcony, before she later joins working royals on the balcony to watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.
As Harry and Meghan stepped back from their duties as senior royals, they were not expected to be among those waving from the balcony.
The Sussexes are expected to join the congregation for a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow.
Harry and Meghan pictured with Archie when he was a baby (Picture: Backgrid)
Prince Andrew, who left public duties in disgrace after his US civil sex case – which he settled out of court, is not expected to join the royals.
Meghan and Harry’s visit has sparked rumours the couple will have their daughter christened with the monarch present.
It is the first time the duke and duchess will have brought Lilibet, who was named in honour of the Queen, to the UK.
Yesterday, the Queen released a message to mark her Jubilee, telling the nation: ‘Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbours and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.
‘I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions.
‘I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.’
It was signed Elizabeth R.
A spokeswoman for Harry and Meghan previously said they were ‘excited and honoured’ to attend the commemorations.
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