Prayers for the Prince! Reverend pays tribute to newly engaged Harry and Meghan as he joins the London Fire Brigade for its annual carol service - but his bride-to-be stays home

  • Prince Harry attended the annual carol service at Westminster Cathedral ?
  • Joined members of the London Fire Brigade past and present for the service?
  • Attended the event without fiance Meghan Markle whom he will wed in May?

Prince Harry's upcoming marriage was mentioned in prayers tonight as he attended a carol service at Westminster Cathedral.

The newly engaged fifth-in-line to the throne was the guest of honour at the London Fire Brigade's annual Christmas service in the stunning central London Cathedral.

Fiancee Meghan Markle was at home in Kensington Palace but Reverend Mia Hilborn, London Fire Brigade chaplain, said about both of them: 'We pray for the Royal Family and for the newly engaged Harry and Meghan and the joy they have brought to the country.

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Prince Harry attended the annual carol service held at Westminster Cathedral on Monday?

'We pray that you will bless their upcoming union and that you will bless all couples.'

Members of the fire brigade congratulated Harry, who announced one week ago that he and the American actress are to be wed in May.?

Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade Commissioner, who greeted the prince and sat next to him throughout the service, said afterwards: 'It just gave extra addd bonus for us to have him here having just had such an amazing week.

'I took the opportunity to have a quiet word with him about it, and just the fact that he talked about his proposal being over cooking a roast chicken dinner was just very lovely.

'It was really nice because he's obviously very happy and beaming and so full of love which is just great.'

She added about his interest in the fire brigade: 'He was saying for him being here and being able to say thank you to the emergency services, especially the fire brigade, was very important to him.

The prince took his pew in Westminster Cathedral where he joined members of the fire brigade to sing traditional carols?

The prince took his pew in Westminster Cathedral where he joined members of the fire brigade to sing traditional carols?

The royal appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted to LFB commissioner Dany Cotton

The royal appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted to LFB commissioner Dany Cotton

'We we're talking about the work of the emergency services, the armed forces, and how wearing uniform being in public service was so important.'

Tom George, Director of Operations at London Fire Brigade said: 'We've had such a really busy challenging year and it's just lovely that he's come along tonight to enjoy the festive season with us and think back on the challenges that we've been through...

'I did congratulate him [on his engagement].

The prince also met with Mary Berry who read an extract from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol during the service?

The prince also met with Mary Berry who read an extract from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol during the service?

The service is held in aid of the London Fire Brigade
Attendees were all keen to wish Harry congratulations on his engagement to Meghan Markle

The service is held in aid of the London Fire Brigade, who were all keen to wish Harry congratulations on his engagement to Meghan Markle?

The prince appeared to be in a festive mood as he made his way into the cathedral wearing a dapper grey suit?

The prince appeared to be in a festive mood as he made his way into the cathedral wearing a dapper grey suit?

'Obviously when we knew he was coming it was several months ago before we knew there was going to be an engagement so it made it kind of extra special.'

Harry, 33, praised the firefighters and said he believed anyone who puts on a uniform should receive the utmost respect.

The LFB had to meet the challenge of responding to the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze, which saw dozens of firemen and women called out to the fire in June.

Police believe the final death toll is 71, including a stillborn baby.

Throughout the service the prince joined in with the carols and frequently looked up at the ceiling of the grand cathedral, which opened in 1903.

It is the mother church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster.

The prince was greeted by several dignitaries as he arrived at the famous venue on Monday?

The prince was greeted by several dignitaries as he arrived at the famous venue on Monday?

Mary Berry was also a guest at the service, reading an extract from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Carols included God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, Once in Royal David's City, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and Away In a Manger.??????

After watching the service the prince is expected to meet some of the Brigade's frontline staff, firefighters and cadets.??

This evening's service comes just a few days after Harry and Meghan visited Nottingham together and his Harry's first solo engagement since his marriage plans were announced.?

The couple revealed that he popped the question over a chicken dinner at what is Meghan's new home of the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

The pair will marry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May next year. ?

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