Meghan and Harry arrive to cheers at thanksgiving service after Trooping the Colour low profile

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Watch: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at National service of Thanksgiving

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined other members of the Royal Family at a National Service of Thanksgiving as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The couple arrived at St Paul's Cathedral in London to loud cheers from the crowds and held hands as they climbed the steps to enter the London landmark.

The couple's children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one tomorrow, weren't in attendance. They are, however, in the UK and staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor with their parents.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving in London. (Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London
The couple looked happy to be back in the fold and spent time talking to clergymen on their way in. (Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATT DUNHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle looked resplendent in a white coat dress and matching hat. (Getty Images)

For the occasion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dressed the part in their finest attire. Harry wore a suit adorned with his vast collection of service medals while Meghan opted for a white coat dress with cropped sleeves and matching wide-brimmed hat.

She swept her hair up into a low, off-centre bun and accessorised with a pair of diamond earrings she wore to the Commonwealth Service in March 2020.

They arrived on their own - after the wider Royal Family but ahead of the senior royal procession - and were given a moment to themselves to greet clergymen that Harry won't have seen for a long time.

They were seated next to Harry's cousins - Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.  (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry greet clergymen as they arrive at St Paul's cathedral. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seated alongside Harry's cousins: Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and their husbands. (Getty Images)

The service was attended by a huge number of royals including the most senior members: Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Cambridge children were not in attendance after making their debut in the Trooping the Colour royal procession, riding in the first carriage with their mother, Kate, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Buckingham Palace announced last night that the Queen would not be attending after experiencing “some discomfort” during Thursday’s celebrations and the procession was rejigged to reflect Her Majesty's absence with Prince Charles representing her. Prince Andrew has contracted COVID-19 and so also didn't attend.

Following the service, senior members of the family will attend a Guildhall reception hosted by Lord Mayor but this invitation doesn't include Harry and Meghan as they're no longer working royals.

(seated front, left to right) Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, the Duke of Gloucester, and the Duchess of Gloucester, with the wider members of the Royal Family seated behind during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seated to the left while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge formed part of the right-hand side of the congregation. (Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (C), Duke of Sussex, grimaces as he waits for the start of the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry pulls a comical expression as he waits for the start of the National Service of Thanksgiving to begin. (Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave after attending the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - Queen Elizabeth II kicked off the first of four days of celebrations marking her record-breaking 70 years on the throne, to cheering crowds of tens of thousands of people. But the 96-year-old sovereign's appearance at the Platinum Jubilee -- a milestone never previously reached by a British monarch -- took its toll, forcing her to pull out of a planned church service. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Sussexes leave St Paul's after the service. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: (L-R) Peter Phillips, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall depart after the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Peter Phillips, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike depart after the National Service of Thanksgiving. (Getty Images)

The Sussexes carried out their first official engagement in their capacity as members of the Royal Family yesterday since stepping back as working royals in March 2020. The pair watched the Trooping the Colour parade from the Major General’s Office alongside a number of royals of all ranks.

Meghan was pictured playfully shushing young royals and standing with Harry but no other photographs were circulated and it's not clear if Archie and Lilibet were in attendance. The couple didn't appear on Buckingham Palace's balcony to watch the RAF flypast.

This morning's service marks the first time the public has seen the previously-dubbed 'fab four' - Kate, William, Harry and Meghan - since March 2020, when the foursome - along with other Royal Family members - attended the annual Commonwealth Service in London.

William and Harry reunited in front of the world in July 2021 to unveil a statue of their mother on what would have been her 60th birthday - but their wives were not in attendance.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the annual Commonwealth Service in London in March 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the annual Commonwealth Service in London in March 2020
Prince William and Prince Harry unveil a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, in Kensington Palace in July 2021
Prince William and Prince Harry unveil a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, in Kensington Palace in July 2021