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Queen's 90th birthday: Royal family and senior politicians attend thanksgiving ceremony at St Paul's

Video report by ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart

Queen Elizabeth has attended a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate her 90th birthday at St Paul's Cathedral.

She arrived with Prince Philip to kick off of a weekend of celebrations marking the milestone.

Members of the Royal Family and senior government figures, including Prime Minister David Cameron and former prime minister Tony Blair, went to the service of thanksgiving for the monarch's life.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left), wife Samantha and Chancellor George Osborne take their seats at St Paul's Cathedral Credit: PA

The Duke of York and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attended and the Duchess of Cambridge wowed the crowds in an outfit by Catherine Walker and a hat by Jane Taylor.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at St Paul's Cathedral in London Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make last-minute checks as they arrive with Prince Harry:

Hundreds of ordinary people recognised for their service gathered to mark the Queen's 90 years.

The service features a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as prayers spoken by a 90-year-old Welsh widow - born on the same day as the Queen.

Sir David Attenborough and Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, who have both turned 90 this year, are also at the service.

The Princess Royal arrives at St Paul's Cathedral Credit: PA

The Queen turned 90 on April 21, but she traditionally has two birthdays and her official birthday will be marked by the Trooping the Colour ceremony tomorrow.

It is Prince Philip's 95th birthday today and will be marked with traditional gun salutes.

Zara Phillips arrives with husband Mike Tindall Credit: PA

Crowds stood around the edge of Sir Christopher Wren's famous cathedral cheered loudly when they saw the royal group step off a coach.

The Queen arrived more than 10 minutes late,because of heavy traffic.

Ninety years ago, Her Majesty The Queen was born, like every human being knit together in her mother's womb, and today we thank God for the way in which she, like every human being, is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Before we ever come to light, God marks our journeys. No one at the Queen's birth knew for what she was destined. Today we recognise that God knew.

We are here today to worship the God who made our Queen, and to celebrate the way in which God's hand has been so uniquely evident in her life.

– Excerpt from Archbishop Welby's sermon
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Credit: PA
Princess Michael of Kent arrives at St Paul's Cathedral Credit: PA
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St Paul's Cathedral Credit: PA
Princess Eugenie arrives at the service Credit: PA
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and wife Saadiya at the service Credit: PA
Clare Balding was at the service Credit: PA
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie Credit: PA
The Queen was 10 minutes late because of traffic Credit: RTV

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