Prominent royals will descend on St Paul’s for the Service of Thanksgiving (Picture: DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty)

After an unforgettable Trooping the Colour and awesome Red Arrows flypast, the next event on the schedule for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

It’s worth noting that this is the first royal occasion when the recently repaired Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be run in 50 years.

So, how can you watch the historic occasion on TV?

Here is everything you need to know.

How to watch the Service of Thanksgiving?

Platinum Jubilee: A Service of Thanksgiving airs from 9.15am on BBC One today (Friday, June 3).

You can also stream it live on BBC iPlayer.

The royals are expected to arrive at 11am, with the service itself starting shortly after.

You can watch all the action live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer (Picture: Dan Kitwood -WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It will continue until 12.30pm.

David Dimbleby and Sophie Raworth are at St Paul’s in London to present live coverage, meanwhile, Kirsty Young is joined by special guests at St James’s Park.

What can you expect from the Service of Thanksgiving?

You can expect bible readings, anthems, prayers and congregational hymns, and reflections on the Queen’s reign.

The Service will include a new Anthem by Judith Weir, Master of The Queen’s Music, that sets to music words from the third Chapter of the Book of Proverbs. 

Who will attend the Service of Thanksgiving?

Many of the most prominent royals will attend the service, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

It is also thought that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will attend their first royal event together since leaving the UK.

However, the 96-year-old monarch herself will miss out on the service.

The Palace said on Thursday: ‘Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.’

It is understood that Charles will represent Her Majesty at the event.

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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York will also miss the service after testing positive for Covid-19.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘After undertaking a routine test the duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service.’

It is understood Andrew saw the Queen in the last few days but has been undertaking regular testing and has not seen her since he tested positive.

In a third blow, the Archbishop of Canterbury was also forced to pull out after also catching Covid-19.

Speaking of his illness, Justin Welby said: ‘I am deeply saddened to be missing the historic celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

‘However, I will be praying for the Queen and giving thanks for her extraordinary 70 years of service to us all.’


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