Sophie Winkleman and Zara Tindall had a joyful reunion at today’s St. Paul’s Thanksgiving service.
Sophie, 41, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, 43, the only son of the Queen’s cousin Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, donned a beautiful pink dress by Beulah with pearl buttons and a matching hat adorned with flowers as she walked to the Cathedral.
Meanwhile, Zara, also 41, attended the service with her husband Mike Tindall and also sported a vibrant pink dress.
They joined Prince Charles, 73, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children for the event. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also made a noted appearance.
However, it was announced the Queen would not attend the service today after experiencing some ‘discomfort’ during the first day of celebrations.
After the ceremony, Sophie reunited with Zara Tindall and the pair seemed to delight in the fact they were both wearing pink as they posed up a storm.
Sophie Winkleman, 41, who attended the service with her husband Lord Frederick Windsor, 43, reunited with Zara Tindall in front of the cathedral
All smiles! The two royal beauties picked similar outfits, from the floral details of their dresses to the buttons on their pink dresses
Sophie, – who famously starred as Big Suze in Peep Show before marrying into the royal family in 2009, looked in her element as she made her way to St Paul’s next to her husband, 43, who was wearing a morning coat.
Her bright pink dress was eye-catching in all the right way and the look was just sophisticated enough, with pearls on the wrists and chest.
Her glossy locks were cascading down her shoulders in a sleek blowdry, and she was sporting a glowy makeup, with just a dash of mascara.
Sophie, who is the half sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, paired the look with a white leather clutch bag and cream swede heels. Lord Frederick looked dapped in a gray suit for the occasion
Her choice of dress proved popular, as Princess Beatrice was wearing the exact same number in blue.
Meanwhile, Zara, the Queen’s granddaughter, 41, donned a fuchsia Laura Green dress, and added an extra splash of color by teaming it with a Juliette Botterill hat in lilac, trimmed with flowers.
She accessorized with Laurence Coste earrings and teamed her outfit with a pale lilac Aspinall bag and LK Bennett shoes in a similar shade.
The two women seemed to be amused by the fact they donned a similar outfit, and posed for pictures after the ceremony.
Extended members of the royal family have come on mass to the Thanksgiving service today to show their support.
Sophie, who also starred in Two and a Half Men, lives in London, and has two children with Frederick, Maud, eight, and Isabella, five.
Maud, attends Thomas’s Battersea, the same school that her distant cousins Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended.
Since the couple tied the knot in 2009, mother-of-two Sophie says everyone has ‘looked after’ her, in particular the Queen and Prince Charles, who have been ‘wonderful’, and Prince William, whom she described as ‘heaven’ .
Speaking to The Times, in 2020 she said: ‘I’ve been incredibly welcomed with open arms by all of them … They’d never tell me off at all if I wanted to play some [racy] role. ‘
Sophie is a half-sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, with whom she shares father Barry Winkleman, and was educated at the private City of London School for Girls before completing an English degree at the University of Cambridge.
She explained she and the Strictly presenter had ‘very separate lives’ as children because Claudia, who is nine years her senior, lived with her mother.
It comes as the Queen has met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had lunch with the monarch and senior royals behind closed doors as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their little girl to the Queen – nicknamed Lilibet as a child – yesterday at Windsor after attending a private Royal Family lunch at Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Color.
Harry and Meghan are expected to remain mostly low-profile over the four-day Jubilee weekend, with no sign of the Netflix cameras that followed them around at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April. But they will attend today’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral – their first joint royal engagement in two years.
Prince Charles is officially representing the Queen at the service in London today after she was forced to pull out last night, and there will also be no appearance from Prince Andrew after he tested positive for coronavirus.
The Sussexes, who are staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while visiting from California, were not allowed on the Buckingham Palace balcony yesterday and instead watched proceedings from Horse Guards Parade.
But today’s service marked Harry and Meghan’s first appearance with The Firm since the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals.
Zara and Sophie were both wearing pink and both seemed to be having a great time at today’s Thanksgiving service in central London
A friendly reunion! The two royals seemed amused at how similar their outfits looked, down to the shoes and their leather bags
The 96-year-old Queen missed today’s service at St Paul’s following a last-minute decision announced by the Palace at 7.30pm last night after she experienced ‘discomfort’ during the Trooping The Color events.
She is understood to have suffered episodic mobility issues yesterday – and, in a statement, the Palace revealed the Queen ‘greatly enjoyed’ her birthday parade and flypast but ‘did experience some discomfort’.
It said: ‘Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend.’
It is understood the decision ahead of the service, which begins at 11.30am today, was considered regrettable but sensitive due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the service would require.
The Archbishop of York delivered the sermon during today’s service as the Archbishop of Canterbury was forced to pull out due to having a coronavirus.
Sophie looked poised in her bright pink outfit as she arrived for the St Paul’s service at the arm of her husband Lord Frederick earlier
Zara sported a very chic pair of sunglasses today as the sun shone on central London. She paired her looks with lilac and violet accesories while Sophie opted for white
Sophie Winkleman, 41, and Lord Frederick Windsor, 43 were among the royal who came out in support of the Queen at today’s St Paul’s thanksgiving service
There was no ceremonial journey to the cathedral and members of the Cabinet were also to attend today’s proceedings, with Boris Johnson reading from the Bible.
Additionally, Sir Keir Starmer attended the Service, alongside first ministers of the devolved administrations and former prime ministers.
Meanwhile key workers, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces were invited to the Queen’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s today in recognition of their contribution to public life.
More than 400 people, who have been making a difference either nationally or locally, were among the guests and many have been working tirelessly during the pandemic.
Before the service begins, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band), played as the congregation arrived and the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry performed to mark royal arrivals, while the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force accompanied later in the service.
The choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal joined together to sing the Vivats, I Was Glad by Sir Hubert Parry, performed at every coronation and now for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.