Glasgow & West Scotland

Diamond Jubilee: Queen attends Glasgow Cathedral service

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Media captionThe Queen's visit continued with a service of thanksgiving in Glasgow

The public greeted the Queen as she attended a service of thanksgiving to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

About 1,300 dignitaries were at the Glasgow Cathedral event, which was led by its minister Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley.

Crowds waving Union flags were outside the cathedral to see the Queen arrive.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been taking part in a number of engagements in Scotland, including events in Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh.

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 attended the service.

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.

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.

Military figures and politicians including Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond were also among those to attend.

Mr Salmond read the first lesson.

After the service, the Queen and Duke went to the city's George Square, where they were greeted by crowds who waved and cheered.

Union flags

They met community leaders in a marquee in the square which was decorated with red, white and blue bunting.

The royal couple 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.

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 then travelled to Greenock to open Inverclyde Council's new £2m offices in Greenock Municipal Buildings.