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Queen's 'Platinum Party At The Palace' With These Top Musicians

Queen Elizabeth made two public appearances before large crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 2.


Some 22,000 people and millions more were expected to be home on Saturday at a musical celebration for Queen Elizabeth II’s historic platinum anniversary.

The “Platinum Party at the Palace” is the culmination of the third day of public events to mark the 96-year-old monarch’s record on the throne.

Motown legend Diana Ross is a star attraction at the event, which will be held on a purpose-built 360-degree stage outside the head of state’s central London residence, Buckingham Palace.

The concert will also feature performers, including Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli and James Bond composer Hans Zimmer, in a marked shift in tone since the first two days of the anniversary.

The celebrations kicked off on Thursday with the pomp and ceremony of the Trooping the Color military parade to mark the sovereign’s official birthday.

Friday’s focus was a traditional Church of England thanksgiving service led by senior royals – and returning Prince Harry and his wife Meghan – in the sacred setting of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Saturday’s concert, broadcast live by the BBC on radio, television and online from 1900 GMT, is no less grand in scope.

But as an open-air event, all eyes will be on the sky and the erratic British weather to see if the predicted downpours don’t materialise.

– Home –

The Queen – the longest reigning monarch in British history – is not expected to attend the 2.5-hour concert, but will be on television at Windsor Castle.

She made two public appearances before large crowds on Thursday from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, then was in Windsor for a beacon lighting ceremony.

The effort, after months of struggling with walking and standing difficulties, caused her “some discomfort,” Buckingham Palace said.

It led to her withdrawing from Friday’s church service and also an anticipated appearance at the Epsom racecourse for the flat-racing showcase The Derby.

Her no-show at The Derby on Saturday marks only the fourth time the avid horse racer, rider and breeder has missed the race since 1952.

She was not present in 2020 as spectators were banned due to Covid.

Her heir Prince Charles, 73, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39, will attend the concert instead.

– Inspired –

Thursday and Friday were public holidays to mark the unprecedented milestone that has drawn attention to the monarchy’s future without her.

Extended pub hours, street parties and other events celebrating the Queen’s central place in the lives of most Britons still alive have temporarily lifted the gloom of a towering cost of living crisis.

On Sunday, more than 10 million people will share food at “Big Jubilee Lunch” picnics and a 10,000-strong musical and creative public election.

Ed Sheeran will round out the celebrations on Sunday by singing his 2017 hit “Perfect” at the end of the pageant.

The 31-year-old “Shape of You” singer-songwriter has said the “Party at the Palace” to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 inspired his musical career.

On television, he saw Eric Clapton play “Layla” and decided “that’s what I want to do,” he wrote on Instagram.

Sheeran performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert 10 years ago. “Life is weird how it keeps coming full circle in beautiful ways,” he added.

– ‘nervous’ –

Ross’ performance is her first UK performance in 15 years and comes before heading to Glastonbury Festival later this month.

The 78-year-old diva said she was “absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform at such a momentous occasion”.

Charles has previously revealed that her 1980 disco hit “Upside Down” was one of his favorite songs.

Other performers on Saturday include Alicia Keys, Craig David and Rod Stewart, Queen + Adam Lambert, George Ezra and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder.

Elton John recorded a tribute.

Queen guitarist Brian May provided one of the most enduring images of the 2002 anniversary when he played “God Save the Queen” from the roof of Buckingham Palace.

Stewart, who received a knighthood in honor of the Queen’s birthday in 2016 for services to music and charity, said the performance was “nervous”.

“I grew up with this woman. I was seven when she came to the throne,” the 77-year-old singer told the BBC on Friday.

“She’s always been a part of my life.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)

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