Queen looks elegant in a dove grey coat as she arrives for service to mark 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey on a rare joint engagement with Camilla
- The Queen, 93, beamed as she arrived in a dove grey coat with a pink lining, with a pink floral dress beneath
- Seen wearing a pop of pink lipstick that perfectly matched her coat's pretty lining as well as feathered hat
- Arrived for 750th anniversary service of Westminster Abbey with Camilla, 72, on rare joint public appearance
- Duchess of Cornwall wore a duck-egg blue coat dress with matching hat and snakeskin bag for event today
The Queen brightened up a grey morning with a pop of pink lipstick as she arrived at 750th anniversary service of Westminster Abbey today.
Her Royal Highness, 93, beamed as she arrived in a rare joint appearance with the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, for the service this morning.
The royal wore a grey coat with a pretty pink lining, and matched the colour with a perfect pop of fuschia lipstick.
Meanwhile Camilla wore a duck-egg blue ensemble with a matching hat for the occasion, finishing her look with a snakeskin clutch bag.
The Queen, 93, wore a smart grey coat for the occasion with a pretty pink hem lining, and a complimenting hat
Meanwhile Camilla, 72, wore a smart duck egg blue coat, and paired the look with a trendy snakeskin clutch bag
The Queen beamed as she met with the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster ahead of the anniversary service
The Queen beamed as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the service alongside daughter-in-law Camilla today.
She was greeted by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who is Dean of Westminster Abbey, ahead of the anniversary.
The royal donned a smart grey coat for the occasion, which featured a pretty pink trimming along the hemlines, and paired it with a matching hat.
A pink floral dress was visible beneath the royal's dove grey jacket.
Her Royal Highness was seen beaming as she greeted Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey
The Queen and Dr John Hall seemed overjoyed to see one another as they met ahead of the service today
Camilla also greeted the Dean of Westminster Abbey with a smile and a handshake as she arrived for the anniversary service
The Queen beamed as she was seen arriving alongside the Duchess of Cornwall ahead of the service at Westminster Abbey
Her Royal Highness complimented the look with a pop of fuschia lipstick which perfectly matched her dress.
She also wore a pair of black court shoes, gloves and handbag for the annual ceremony.
Meanwhile Camilla wore a smart duck egg blue ensemble, with a matching hat, which she complimented with a pair of smart nude heels.
The Duchess also carried a trendy snake-skin clutch bag for the occasion.
The Queen and Camilla made a rare joint appearance today as they arrived at Westminster Abbey ahead of the anniversary service
Camilla made a rare joint appearance alongside the Queen, and wore a pretty duck-egg ensemble for the occasion
The royal donned a smart dove-grey coat with a bright pink trim and accessorised with a feathered hat
The History of Westminster Abbey
Founded as a Benedictine monastery over a thousand years ago, the Church was rebuilt by Edward the Confessor, replacing the old Saxon church with a new Norman-style building.
It became known as the 'west minster' to distinguish it from St Paul's Cathedral, the east minster, in the City of London.
Unfortunately, when the new church was consecrated on 28th December 1065 the King was too ill to attend and died a few days later. His mortal remains were entombed in front of the High Altar.
A view Of Westminster Abbey And Adjacent Buildings As They Appeared Prior To The Disastrous Fire Of 1834. The painting was done by Rudolph Ackermann in 1819
The only traces of Edward's monastery to be seen today are in the round arches and massive supporting columns of the undercroft and the PYX Chamber in the cloisters.
It became an active place of worship until the present Gothic structure was rebuilt by Henry III between 1220 and 1272.
Under the decree of the King of England, the Abbey was designed to be not only a great monastery and place of worship, but also a place for the coronation and burial of monarchs.
Standing west of the Houses of Parliament, the Gothic masterpiece was re-founded as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster by Queen Elizabeth I in 1560.
Westminster Abbey - Confirmation Of Westminster Boys. A Wood Engraving By Gustave Doré in 1872
The view looking from East cloisters at the dean's house which was damaged after a blitz in London
The church has been the site of every coronation since that of William the Conqueror in 1066, with Queen Elizabeth II crowned in the Abbey on June 2nd 1953.
Also known as the 'House of Kings', Westminster Abbey has become the final resting place for many monarchs, including Elizabeth I and Mary I.
Many chose to be buried near to the shrine of Edward the Confessor, whose bones are interred in a shrine behind the High Altar.
Among the 3,300 burial site in the church and cloisters, lie other famous figures from the worlds of literature, the arts and science, including Chaucer, Tennyson Browning, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling.
The ashes of Professor Stephen Hawking were interred in the nave in June 2018, between the graces of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Westminster Abbey, which is celebrating it's 750th anniversary, still offers worship every day of the year
Westminster Abbey has also played host to many other royal occasions such as state weddings and funerals, including the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
The Queen married Prince Philip in the church on 20 November 1947, and most recently, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in the Abbey in 2011.
The Abbey is still an active site of worship and services are held on a daily basis.
Services have been held at the site for more than a thousand years and Westminster Abbey still offers worship every day of the year.
Annual services include a thanksgiving for victory in the Battle of Britain in 1940, a service for Judges at the start of the legal year and a service to mark Commonwealth Day, which the royal family regularly attend.
In 2010 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope to visit the Abbey.
Both royals beamed as they arrived ahead of the service, which is set to mark the 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey.
The Queen smiled as she greeted Dr John Hall, who is set to retire at the beginning of November after 13 years at the Abbey.
The appointment of his successor will be made by the Queen following an open application process.
The Dean of the Abbey could be seen chatting to Her Royal Highness as they walked together into the anniversary service.
Her Royal Highness and the Duchess of Cornwall looked relaxed as they arrived to attend the service at Westminster Abbey
Dr John Hall could be seen speaking to the Queen as they walked into the anniversary service together
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who married the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was seen chatting to the royal as she arrived at the service
Her Royal Highness appeared in great spirits as she listened to the Very Reverent John Hall ahead of the anniversary service
The royal could be seen speaking with Dr John while they discussed the anniversary service, while the Duchess of Cornwall looked on
The Queen appeared overjoyed to be attending the anniversary service, which marks 750 years since the Abbey was consecrated on the site
Her Royal Highness appeared relaxed as she and Dr John walked through the Abbey earlier today
And on her arrival inside the church, the Monarch could be seen listening intently while speaking to Dr Hall, while the Duchess of Cornwall looked on.
Westminster Abbey was consecrated on 13 October 1269, after Henry III rebuilt a basilica on the site as Edward the Confessor's original church.
The service today will mark the anniversary by placing some of the abbey’s most beloved treasures on show, including a grant of land from 960 which enabled the establishment of the first Benedictine monastry where the abbey now stands.
Meanwhile two 13th-century manuscripts signed by Henry III will be on public show for the first time in the abbey’s galleries.
The Queen smiled broadly as she met with members of the clergy ahead of the anniversary service today
The Duchess of Cornwall shared a smile with the clergy at Westminster Abbey as she made the rare joint appearance alongside the Queen at Westminster Abbey today
While the Queen chatted to some of the clergy, Camilla appeared to take in the stunning surrondings of the Abbey
Camilla appeared relaxed during the service today, which marked the 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey
One schoolgirl was seen curtsying low as they offered her posie of yellow and white flowers to the Queen
The Queen appeared delighted to accept the yellow and white posies from the schoolgirl, who beamed as she offered the Monarch the flowers
The royals appeared charmed by the schoolchildren, who were selected to offer posies as they are children of the Abbey's staff
During the service, Dr John Hall acknowledged the lengthy history of the Abbey, saying: ‘Today we celebrate the history of this Abbey and its Church and mark it’s continuing significance as a place of worship and of memorial, standing firmly for faith at the heart of our nation and Commonwealth and of the wider world.'
Following the hour-long service, The Queen and Camilla were presented with small bouquets of posies by schoolchildren.
The children, who were selected as they are related to staff who work at the abbey, could be seen bowing low to the Queen as they offered their posies of yellow and white flowers.
As the royal departed the event, she could be seen clutching the service sheet, which read: 'A service to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey.'
Another young boy bowed his head low as he offered Camilla a posie of yellow and white flowers
The royals beamed as they accepted posies from some of the Abbey staff's children, before departing from the service
Her Royal Highness was seen chatting to Dr John Hall as she left Westminster Abbey following the service this morning
The Queen was seen carrying her small posie of flowers as well as a service sheet following the service
The Queen was seen beaming and offering a royal wave to crowds of on-lookers as she departed the Abbey following the hour long service this morning.
It comes amid a busy week for the Queen, who returned to work after her summer in Balmoral on Friday.
The royal spent her first day back visiting Haig Housing Development, which has been providing housing assistance to veterans for over 100 years, in London.
And yesterday, the Monarch outlined the government's new legislative package in the a speech at the State Opening of Parliament.
The Queen was seen beaming at on-lookers as she departed the hour-long service at Westminster Abbey this morning
The royal could be seen offering a royal wave as she left the Abbey following the anniversary service