thering to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday. Arriving at St. Paul's Cathedral for a national service of Thanksgiving. A star-studded congregation. Politicians, dignitaries, religious leaders, and almost every member of the Royal Family. A double cause for celebration as the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, turns 95 today.
The special service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, with David Attenborough giving a special reading. The ceremony marks the start of a weekend of festivities. Broiter's breaking views associate editor Andy Kritchlow served in the Grenadier Guards, a regiment which has a long history of serving the sovereign.
>> I mean obviously there's a lot of pressure to cut budgets. The defense budget in the U.K. has been under pressure for some years now. There's been a number of defense reviews, certain parts of the armed forces have been cut. The Navy, the RAF. Front line services have been cut in that sense, but the guards remained.
It's one of the greatest military institutions in the world, it's been going since the early 17th century, so it's been linked very closely to the monarchy, and protecting the monarchy. It's part of our culture. It's part of our military heritage. There is a lot of history wrapped up in that and that has a huge value for the UK, you know, people talk about the UK in terms of soft power and I would argue that the guards and the ceremonies that they perform in the UK are part of that soft power and projecting, you know, why Britain still thinks of itself I guess, as a great nation.
>> The ceremony marks the start of a weekend of festivities. On Saturday, the National Trooping the Color will see thousands line horse guards parade in London. There'll be a fly past and maybe even a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. The Tiller of Ships will sail down the Thames.
And on Sunday, a street party will take over the mall with a traditional British picnic.