After waiting around for a while and having group photos taken by several people, Padmasimha and I joined the procession. First there was Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; then the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard; then the Cathedral Choir; then the faith representatives; then the Cathedral Clergy, the Chapter and Diocesan Officials; and finally the Bishops of the Church in Wales. For once I did not feel too colourful in my red, white an blue as the yeoman were all in red and the clergy were in their finery. The Archbishop of Wales looked splendid in his white cloak decorated in gold.
We sat beyond the choir stalls near the altar, which meant we had a wonderful experience of the full richness of the cathedral organ, but had a poor view of the Queen and Prince Phillip who were seated the other side of the choir stalls nearer to the congregation. The service was joyful and the singing most beautiful. After the royal party had left we then processed back to the meeting room.
Thankfully the rain held off and it was a most pleasant and enjoyable day.