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THE Queen and Duke of Edinburgh today attended a service of thanksgiving to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
About 1300 people packed into Glasgow Cathedral for the event, which was led by its minister Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley.
Among them were leading religious figures, including Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, the Most Reverend Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow, and the Right Reverend Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly.
Crowds waving Union flags gathered outside the cathedral to greet the Queen as she arrived.
Fanfare trumpeters from the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland sounded a fanfare as she and the Duke entered the cathedral.
They then formed part of a royal procession which involved banner bearers and heralds who progressed up the central aisle to their seats.
The Queen was wearing a shocking pink coat and silk floral print dress designed by Stewart Parvin and a pink hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
During his sermon, the Right Reverend Bogle paid tribute to the Queen.
He said: “During this past 60 years Her Majesty has brought the continuity and insight of a wise and gifted monarch, acting as a counsellor and confidante to many a prime minister and world leader.”
He concluded with a jubilee prayer, saying: “We give you thanks and praise that you have blessed this nation, the realms and territories with Elizabeth, our beloved and glorious Queen.”
Pupils from Glasgow secondary schools read prayers of thanksgiving.
Church leaders including the Most Reverend David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, also said prayers.
Mr Salmond read the first lesson, Psalm 46 vv 1-11.
After the service, the Queen and Duke went to the city’s George Square, where they were greeted by crowds who waved and cheered.
They met community leaders in a marquee in the square which was decorated with red, white and blue bunting.
The Queen was in Glasgow as part of her week-long trip north to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh later visited St Margaret’s Hospice in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, to meet patients and staff.
She was greeted by hundreds of residents waving Union flags and saltires.
Hugh McElroy, landlord of St Margaret Hospice’s first charity shop in Anniesland Cross, was among the welcoming party.
He said he last saw the Queen as a young Army cadet in the early 1960s.
“She has changed colossally since then,” he said. “But she remains as elegant and social as ever. I attended several royal duties as a cadet and you could tell she was always full of admiration for us.”
The Queen was also introduced to hospice consultant Pamela Sheenan, who said meeting her was a nerve-wracking experience.
“She said I must have a lovely job,” said Ms Sheenan.
“I was more nervous than I thought and the meeting was very brief, so I never really got a chance for the nerves to dissipate.”
Hugh Murphy, former manager of the Anniesland Cross shop, said his attendance at royal visits have come in pairs, 60 years apart.
He first saw the Queen when she was still just a princess.
“Before today’s visit I was at the Queen’s garden party last year,” he said.
“But I can remember the first time I saw her as a boy during a visit to Clydebank in the 1940s. It was during rationing and I can remember thinking that I had never seen a healthier group of people.
“It’s an indication of the poverty that was around at the time.”
Mr Murphy was also let out of school to see the launch of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Clydebank in 1953, but things did not quite go to the teachers’ plans.
“We were let out of school to go and line the streets”, he said.
“I saw it as an opportunity to go home early, so I skipped out. When I was on the way home she passed me in the car and gave me a wave. She waves at everybody. She is very gracious.”
St Margaret’s Hospice has offered care to patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses for almost 60 years, and also cares for older people with complex medical and nursing needs.
The Queen was also due to visit Greenock this afternoon to open Inverclyde Council’s new £2million offices in Greenock Municipal Buildings.