Boris Johnson was thrashed by a crowd outside St. Paul’s Cathedral as he arrived for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee service.
People could be heard shouting, laughing and whistling as the prime minister climbed the stairs with his wife, Kerry, on Friday morning.
Several senior political figures – including former Tory prime minister David Cameron and Labor London mayor Sadiq Khan – were cheered by the crowd behind the barricades.
But BBC presenter Jane Hill noted that Mr Johnson had received “a very high, in fact – a substantial sum” as soon as he entered the cathedral.
The arrival of Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and cabinet ministers like Priti Patel and Liz Truss went unmarked by a crowd outside St. The loudest cheers appeared for Harry and Meghan.
Tributes will be paid to the Queen’s 70 years of “dedicated service” as 2,000 people fill the historic church, including Mr Johnson, senior ministers, opposition leaders and first ministers of devolved governments.
Prince Charles is set to represent his mother after the 96-year-old monarch withdrew from a high-profile event at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
She faced “discomfort” after a busy first day of festivities, including a double balcony appearance and a beacon lighting. She will be watching the ceremony on television while resting at Windsor Castle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were back in full public view with the Windsors for the first time since leaving the monarchy for a new life in America two years ago.
Public service is the theme at the heart of the religious event, to which 400 people who receive the honour, including NHS and key workers who were recognized for their work during the pandemic, were invited.
The Archbishop of York will deliver the sermon and he has described the prospect as a “little terrifying gig”. The Most Rev Stephen Cottrell had to step down at the 11th hour after the Archbishop of Canterbury contracted Covid.
Hundreds of people gathered, some wearing Union flag hats, and some hung flags and strung on railings near the cathedral.
Thousands thronged The Mall on Thursday to cheer the state’s jubilee head of state for the start of its bank holiday weekend of remembrance.