Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thank You Ma'am; St Paul's Service Starts Weekend of Celebrations for Queen's 90th Birthday Archbishop Gives Thanks at Start of Three Days of Queen's Birthday Events

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thank You Ma'am; St Paul's Service Starts Weekend of Celebrations for Queen's 90th Birthday Archbishop Gives Thanks at Start of Three Days of Queen's Birthday Events

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor and David Churchill

THE bells of St Paul's rang out today to start a weekend of celebrations marking the Queen's 90th birthday.

Thousands of wellwishers lined the streets as a national service of thanksgiving was held at St Paul's. The crowds waved flags and sang "happy birthday" when the Queen arrived. After climbing the cathedral steps, she smiled and waved before going inside.

The monarch, who was wearing a primrose yellow coat, dress and hat by Angela Kelly, was accompanied by Prince Philip who was celebrating his 95th birthday today. She was praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury for her "wonderful Continued on Page 4 'We look back on your 90 years with deep wonder and gratitude' Continued from Page 1 service to the nation". The Archbishop, who led the service, said in his sermon: "We are here today to worship the God who made our Queen, and to celebrate the way in which God's hand has been so uniquely evident upon her life.

"Over the 63 years (the length of her reign) and the 90 years there has been much to fear: at times of personal challenge or national crisis.

"We look back on Your Majesty's 90 years in the life of our nation with deep wonder and profound gratitude. Through war and hardship, through turmoil and change, we have been fearfully and wonderfully sustained. "Your Majesty, today we rejoice for the way in which God's loving care has fearfully and wonderfully sustained you as well as Prince Philip marking his 95th birthday today. And we rejoice, Your Majesty, for the way in which the life God has given you in turn you have given wonderfully in service to this nation. You have been an instrument of God's peace, and through you God has so often turned fear into wonder and joy."

In a poignant moment of reflection, the Queen listened to prayers read in her honour. Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge led the arrivals at the cathedral where they were joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and hundreds of politicians, including David Cameron and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and dignitaries from around the Commonwealth. …

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