The Queen Is Saluted at Special Service of Thanks

The Royal Family leaves St. Paul’s Cathedral after the special service of thanks

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updated 06/05/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET

originally published 06/05/2012 AT 8:15 AM ET

God Save The Queen!

Queen Elizabeth cut something of a lonely figure as she processed down alone the aisle of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral for Tuesday’s special service to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

With her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the hospital, Her Majesty, 86, took her place at the end of the procession, a few paces behind her son Prince Charles, 63, and his wife Camilla.

Just ahead of the trio was the the Duchess of Cambridge in a dusty pink Alexander McQueen dress and Jane Taylor hat.

She and husband William and Prince Harry – both men in traditional tailcoats – had arrived at the cathedral a few minutes ahead of the monarch, who was greeted by the crowds with shouts of “God Save The Queen.”

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