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The weekend was teeming with spectacular moments for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace, an extravagant pageant, and the Big Jubilee Lunch.
Queen Elizabeth II herself was not in attendance for many of the events but popped up on her balcony a few times over the two days to wave in appreciation to the crowds of people who had gathered to honour her 70 years on the throne.
As the climax of the third day of public events to mark the 96-year-old monarch’s record-breaking Platinum Jubilee, the concert, with an audience of 22 000, kicked off with Queen and Adam Lambert rocking out, reported Sky News.
Diana Ross closed the show with her first performance in Britain in 15 years, with tons of memorable moments happening in between, including a quick film of The Queen having tea with Paddington Bear:
That allowed Queen and Lambert to warm up enough to get the show going:
The concert was brought back down to Earth when the Duke of Cambridge spoke about the Queen’s climate hopes, while Prince Charles paid a moving tribute to “mummy”:
Your Majesty, Mummy,
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 – from your family, the country, the Commonwealth, in fact the whole world.
– HRH The Prince of Wales pic.twitter.com/R3nre4jIsD
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) June 4, 2022
Then the dance troupe Diversity energetically performed a number of popular British songs from throughout the Queen’s 70-year reign.
Also in the line-up were rapper and singer Craig David, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, George Ezra, and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder.
Oh, and Rod Stewart also performed a cover of ‘Sweet Caroline’, albeit somewhat shakily.
Here’s a round-up of some of the musical performances:
At some point, the Obamas, James Bond actor Daniel Craig, and David Beckham all wished the Queen well in video messages, as well as Elton John who pre-recorded ‘Your Song’ for her.
The Queen settled in to watch the two-and-a-half-hour concert from her TV at Windsor Castle. Charles and Camilla, as well as William and Kate, and two of their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, were there in person, at times seen thoroughly enjoying themselves from their premium seats:
The BBC has some more images from the concert.
Then, on Sunday, millions more shared food at the Big Jubilee Lunch, while a musical and creative public pageant with a cast of 10 000 was also held:
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell rolled up for that one:
The Telegraph has more images of where that all came from.
Everyone together now as the Queen, joined by members of the Royal family, waved to the crowds on the Mall following the Platinum Jubilee pageant:
You may have already noticed, but Prince Harry and Meghan, who were visiting the UK at the time, were notably absent for the weekend’s events.
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