Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she 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 Daniel LEAL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

This weekend, the UK (and the British royal family) are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years on the throne. Proceedings kicked off on Thursday when the royals attended Trooping the Colour, the annual event wherein the family stands on a balcony and watches planes fly overhead. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and their three children, stood alongside the Queen, but notably absent were the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who attended the last Trooping the Colour in 2019, prior to the pandemic and their decision to move to the USA. 

The couple weren’t missing from the action due to their new location of California: they’re actually in London visiting the UK to celebrate alongside the family, bringing their two children with them to mark their first family trip to the country — and the first official reunion with the royals since reports of a rift began circulating over two years ago. Rather, the Queen announced ahead of time that only senior working members would be invited to stand alongside her on the balcony, cutting out both the Sussexes and her son, Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his royal duties due to his affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein. 

On Friday, however, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were invited to attend mass at St. Paul’s cathedral, alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton and other members of the family. Buckingham Palace announced in a statement yesterday that the Queen would not be attending mass due to discomfort at yesterday’s event. 

For the occasion, Kate Middleton chose a pale yellow dress by one of her favorite British designers, Emilia Wickstead, which she paired with a matching hat in the same lemon shade. She accessorized the gorgeous outfit with a pair of suede pumps and a pale clutch and held gloves in her hand. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for 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 Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Middleton pulled her hair back into an intricate bun and wore a pair of diamond drop earrings. She also donned pink lipgloss, giving the look a fresh feel.

Her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, meanwhile wore a chic white trench coat, organza shirt and skirt from Dior Haute Couture, which she paired with matching white pumps and a white Dior hat designed by Stephen Jones. You can see more photos of Markle and Prince Harry’s arrival to the church here.

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. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)

Here’s hoping we see the two sisters interact soon.

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