A massive concert, Party at the Palace took place in front of Buckingham Palace in honor of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the crowd of about 22,000 people as well as million more watched at home.
Prince Harry and Meghan did not attend tonight’s star-studded event, but more than 30 royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince of Wales, and Duchess of Cornwall, were spotted in the Royal box. Massive crowd had gathered on the Mall to watch the historic event.
At her own Platinum Jubilee party, Queen Elizabeth was joined for a cream tea by a national treasure — Paddington Bear, in a taped sketch amid wild laughter and applause.
The Queen did not attend the Platinum Party at the Palace because she has been having mobility issues in recent months, and the palace had warned ahead of time that the queen would assess which jubilee events she thought she could attend. A Buckingham Palace statement said.
While the Queen may not be attending the concert in person, she was very keen that people understood how much it meant to her and that all those watching had a great time.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities had begun, and they were in full throttle. Queen and Adam Lambert began the Platinum Jubilee performance with We Will Rock You. Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala, and Diversity joined Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow, and George Ezra on the three-stage set.
The concert also featured performances from the casts of The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, introduced by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
On the other hand, Lee Mack made a Partygate joke in front of Boris Johnson at the Palace Party. Jax Jones began his concert in a bed with his song You Don’t Know Me. Jones earlier stated that he will begin his concert in a bed as an homage to folks who make music from their beds. He then introduced rapper Stefflon Don, singer Mabel, and guitarist John Newman, who all performed with him on various tunes. Elbow sang One Day Like This with the Citizens of the World Choir.
Diversity and Ashley Banjo’s dance troop, performed a selection of British tunes popular throughout the Queen’s reign. The ensemble performed to tunes from the 1960s through now, including The Beatles’ She Loves You, the Bee Gees’ Night Fever, and David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. They next danced to Spice Up Your Life by the Spice Girls, What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction, and Big For Your Boots by Stormzy.
William and Kate, as well as their children, were seen singing along to Sir Rod Stewart’s rendition of Sweet Caroline.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall praised Andrea Bocelli after his performance of Nessun Dorma. The performance was well received by the audience, who applauded loudly.
Jason Donovan had earned appreciation for his performance at the Party at the Palace event, where he donned the technicolored dreamcoat for the first time in 30 years. While, Alicia Keys performed her songs Superwoman and Girl On Fire. Speaking to the crowd, she said.
You know when I’m in London, I feel like I’m home. It reminds me so much of New York. I love you London.
During Party at the Palace, huge numbers of people lifted their hands up in the air when a video of the Queen speaking about climate change was screened. Graphics of the natural world were displayed onto Buckingham Palace delivered by Sir David Attenborough, as participants’ luminous wristbands became green. And during a segment of the Platinum Party at the Palace dedicated to the environment, the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to his grandmother’s optimistic approach. He said this on stage in front of millions of people assembled on The Mall.
It’s my firm hope that my grandmother’s words are as true in 70 years’ time as they are tonight that as nations we come together in common cause, because then there is always room for hope. Tonight has been full of such optimism and joy – and there is hope. Together, if we harness the very best of humankind, and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren and for future generations to come.
Sir Elton John delivered a moving pre-recorded performance at Party at the Palace, singing his enormously famous hit Your Song, which is thought to have been one of the songs he sung at Harry and Meghan’s midday reception.
At tonight’s Platinum Party at the Palace, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, delivered a passionate and emotional tribute to the monarch.
The scale of this evening’s celebration – and the outpouring of warmth and affection over this whole Jubilee weekend – is our way of saying thank you, thank you from your family, the country, the Commonwealth, in fact the whole world. On behalf of us all, I wanted to pay my own tribute to your lifetime of selfless service, in pictures, in words and in light.
Diana Ross was the last to perform and gave a powerful packed performance.