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Queen's 90th birthday: St Paul's service marks Queen's 'faithful devotion'

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A national service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's 90th birthday at St Paul's Cathedral has paid tribute to her "faithful devotion" to the country.
Dean of St Paul's David Ison thanked the Queen for her "dutiful commitment, loving leadership, gentle constancy".

The service is being attended by Royal Family members, including the Duke of Edinburgh - on his own 95th birthday.
PM David Cameron read from the Bible, while broadcaster Sir David Attenborough also gave a reading.
The service is the beginning of three days of events to mark the Queen's official birthday celebrations - after she turned 90 in April.
The Queen has two birthdays - the official one on a Saturday in June, and her real birthday on 21 April - in a tradition going back 250 years. It was introduced to try to ensure better weather for the monarch's official celebrations.
Dressed in yellow, the Queen arrived at St Paul's Cathedral to cheers from the gathered crowds, and a fanfare of trumpets.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led the service at St Paul's, while senior politicians, diplomats and governors-general - who represent the Queen in Commonwealth countries - were in attendance.
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The Very Reverend David Ison said: "Most especially today do we give thanks for the length of years that has been granted to our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth: for her faithful devotion, dutiful commitment, loving leadership, gentle constancy, royal dignity and kindly humanity.
"And, as we give thanks for Her Majesty, so also do we give thanks for Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and all the Royal Family: for mutual love and support and for service to this country and to the Commonwealth."
Archbishop Welby said the Queen had reigned through times of "war and hardship, turmoil and change".

'Shock of my life'

More than 50 members of the Royal Family were at the service, including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.
Political figures including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as well as several cabinet ministers, were also present.
Broadcaster Clare Balding, who has an association with the Queen as three generations of her family have trained horses for her, was also among guests.
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Image captionSpeak of the House of Commons John Bercow and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are also among the guests
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Image captionPrincess Eugenie joined other members of her family to celebrate the occasion
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Image captionThe Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips and her husband, English former rugby player Mike Tindall, are among guests
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Image captionDavid Cameron, who will speak at the service, with his wife Samantha
Hilda Price, a 90-year-old widow from Cardiff who shares her birthday with the Queen, is one of six individuals who led specially-written prayers.
Great-grandmother Mrs Price, who was born on the same day as the Queen - 21 April 1926 - in a house in Carmarthen, said "it was the shock of my life" to be picked to take part in the service.
The service begins a weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen's official birthday.
After the service, the Queen will host the governors-general for lunch at Buckingham Palace.

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