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Tuesday, 4 June, 2002, 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK
Jubilee thanks for Queen's reign
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St Paul's
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St Paul's
A service of thanksgiving has been held at St Paul's Cathedral to mark 50 years of the Queen's reign.

A congregation of royals, dignitaries and representatives of charities and professions gathered to honour her service to the country.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, paid tribute to the Queen's "steadfastness" and "dedication".

Jubilee timetable
12.40: Queen arrives at Guildhall for champagne reception
15.35: Queen arrives back in the Mall
15.50: Queen takes seat on Royal Dais
15.53: Processions begin
17.40: Balcony appearance
17.55: Fly-past
Earlier, about 700,000 people gathered in central London to greet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they made the journey to the cathedral from Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach.

Ahead of them, other members of the Royal Family waved to the crowds from open horse-drawn royal carriages.

They included Prince Andrew, Princes William and Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Commodore Timothy Laurence and Peter and Zara Phillips.

Riding along behind on horseback were the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales.

Gold State Coach
The Queen arrived in the Gold State Coach
A 41-gun salute was fired in Hyde Park to begin the procession.

Hundreds of the royal fans lining the route had camped overnight in the Mall to secure a front row place.

On the way to the cathedral, the Queen stopped at Temple Bar for the Ceremony of the Sword, in which the Lord Mayor of the City of London offers the monarch a pearl sword which she then returns.

The ceremony, which symbolises the prominence of the Sovereign in the City of London, was conducted in silence.

During the service Dr Carey told the 2,400-strong congregation: "The range of our continuing celebrations tells us something important.

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"They tell us that, unlike so much in the modern world, this relationship, the one between Sovereign and people, has grown stronger and deeper with the passage of time."

After the service, the Queen left St Paul's by car to attend a lunch at the Guildhall.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles followed his mother on horseback
The Jubilee celebrations will continue in the afternoon with a parade of 20,000 people, to be led by a Hell's Angels motorbike-rider.

It will also included the world's largest, 5,000-strong, gospel choir and a fly-past.

The celebratory mood of Tuesday's pageantry followed a pop concert and fireworks at Buckingham Palace on Monday night.

It was watched by more than a million people on giant screens outside the palace and featured some of the world's greatest rock and pop legends, including Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Jones, and Will Young.

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In Pictures: Stars rock the Palace

On stage Prince Charles paid an affectionate tribute to the Queen he called "mummy" to the delight of the crowds.

Prince William and Prince Andrew
Princes William and Andrew waved to the crowds

He said: "We feel proud of you; proud and grateful for everything you have done for your country and the Commonwealth over 50 extraordinary years, supported unfailingly throughout by my father."

Afterwards the Queen lit the last of a chain of 2,000 beacons stretching across the UK and abroad.

The police praised the crowds for their good behaviour, with only one arrest on Monday night.

Meanwhile New York's Empire State Building will be lit in purple and gold at sunset as a Royal tribute.

Nelson Mandela was the last foreigner to receive the honour, shortly after his release from prison.

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