Second day of the Elizabeth II Jubilee celebrations: today, mass in San Pablo without the queen but with Henry of England and Meghan Markle

The four-day celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee of Isabel II face their second day. After the massive parade on Thursday, the so-called Trooping the Colour, through the streets of London, which left the greeting of the British royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the final stamp, the time comes when religion prevails. It should be remembered that Elizabeth II, in addition to queen of her country and head of the Commonwealth of Nations, is also the banner of the Anglican church. Hence, this Friday a thanksgiving mass is celebrated at St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London.

However, the protagonist herself does not attend the celebration. Elizabeth II will be absent from the mass, as she announced yesterday at Buckingham Palace, finding herself unwell after the celebrations on the first day. Nor is another of the most anticipated faces of the day there: her third child, Andrés. On Thursday, her spokesperson announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus. This was going to be his only appearance at the festivities, as he was separated from the royal family because of his friendship with the American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Yes, his two daughters, Beatriz and Eugenia de York, have attended the religious service, accompanied by their husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank.

Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, at the Thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral.
Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, at the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.PHIL NOBLE (REUTERS)

After the appearance of different members of the British royal family, all a little before twelve in the morning, Spanish peninsular time (one hour less in London), the stellar arrival has been that of Henry of England and Meghan Markle. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stopped appearing at British royal family events two years ago when they decided to leave the UK. His relationship with the son of Diana of Wales with her family is not going through its best moment. Since they left the country for California, Enrique has only returned to London three times, two of them public and one not. The first two were in April 2021, a year after he left, and on the occasion of the death of his grandfather, Philip of Edinburgh, to whose funeral he returned; the second three months later to unveil a statue of Diana alongside her brother, Guillermo. Also, just two months ago he and Meghan Markle visited Queen Elizabeth privately during her trip to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. In that case there were no images of the meeting.

The Dukes of Sussex have arrived at the church without their children, Archie and Lilibet, at 12.05 in the morning, just before the most respected members of the royal family.

Guillermo and Kate Middleton have appeared about 10 minutes later, after 12:15 in the morning. Just a couple of minutes later, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camila of Cornwall, the most important members of the entourage, have arrived and have closed the procession.

Among those who have attended the mass of Saint Paul is, this time, the entire royal family, and not just its active members. Hence the arrival of the expected Dukes of Sussex. In addition, numerous political figures have been present at the religious service. Among them, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and his wife, Carrie Symonds; Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon; Labor leader Keir Starmer; the leader of the House of Commons, Mark Spencer; or former prime ministers like Theresa May, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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