Image ID 2JB6AHP The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral Credit PA,Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo).
Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry and Meghan at St Paul's as the Queen misses Jubilee service

Image ID 2JB6AHP The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral Credit PA,Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo).

The royal family has come together with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in honour of the missing Queen at a special Jubilee service of thanksgiving.

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex joined the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as nearly 40 royals gathered for the celebration in St Paul's Cathedral in London.

More than 250 service personnel formed a guard of honour and lined the entrances to the cathedral.

Armed Forces personnel from nations throughout the Commonwealth lined the cathedral's west steps.

Prince Harry at the top of the steps received a salute from members of the Household Cavalry Regiment –he served with the Regiment in 2006, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and rising to the rank of Captain.

The Royal Navy was represented by sailors from ships HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Lancaster, which both enjoy a special relationship with The Queen, The Duke of Lancaster.

Inside, The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines provided music during the service.

Which were joined by four State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry and nine Fanfare Trumpets of the Royal Air Force.

The high-profile event fell on the second day of the national commemorations marking the monarch's milestone 70-year reign.

Watch: Military at heart of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The 96-year-old monarch was absent from the service instead opting to watch on television from Windsor Castle instead after she suffered "discomfort" following a busy first day of festivities including a double balcony appearance and a beacon lighting.

There was some cause for concern as several military personnel members lining the steps to St Paul's Cathedral collapsed on separate occasions.

Two military personnel have been confirmed  – one from the Royal Air Force Regiment and the other from the Royal Marines – appeared to lose consciousness while lining the steps up to the Great West Door of St Paul's Cathedral.

They were able to get to their feet and were helped away on foot from the cathedral, despite a stretcher being brought out on one occasion.

It was a very warm and sunny day in London, with temperatures hovering at around 20C (68F) at the start of the service at 11 am.