britain: Britain hosts a star-studded Queen’s Jubilee party
The concert is the culmination of the third day of public events to mark the record-breaking platinum jubilee of the 96-year-old monarch, which will be attended in person by 22,000 people outside Buckingham Palace.
Motown legend Ross, returning to the UK for the first time in 15 years, is one of the main attractions at the event, which takes place on a purpose-built 360-degree stage outside the Queen’s central London residence.
Rockers Queen + Adam Lambert will open the concert, with Italian opera star Bocelli and James Bond composer Hans Zimmer also in the line-up.
Other cast members include Alicia Keys, Craig David and Rod Stewart, George Ezra and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder. Elton John recorded a tribute.
The Queen – the longest reigning monarch in British history – is not expected to attend the two-and-a-half-hour event in person, instead watching on TV at Windsor Castle.
Her heir Prince Charles, 73, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39, will be in attendance.
On Thursday, the first day of celebrations, the Queen made two public appearances to large crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, then traveled to Windsor to attend a bonfire lighting ceremony.
Derby non show
The exertion, after months of struggling with difficulty walking and standing, left her with “some discomfort,” Buckingham Palace said.
On Friday, she withdrew from a thanksgiving service and also retired from attending Epsom racecourse for flat racing showcase The Derby.
Her absence from Saturday’s derby marks only the fourth time since 1952 that the avid horseracing fanatic, rider and breeder has missed the race.
She did not compete in 2020 as spectators were banned due to Covid.
Saturday’s concert will be broadcast live on radio, television and online by the BBC from 1900 GMT.
As an open-air event, all eyes will be on the skies and the moody British weather to see if it can be spared the downpours forecast later in the evening.
The anniversary celebrations began Thursday with the pageantry and pageantry of the Trooping the Color military parade to mark the sovereign’s official birthday.
The focus on Friday was the traditional Church of England service, led by senior royals – and returning Prince Harry and his wife Meghan – in the sacred setting of St Paul’s Cathedral.
On Saturday, the Queen took to Twitter to wish her eponymous great-granddaughter Lilibet a “very happy first birthday” after reportedly meeting Harry and Meghan’s second child in recent days.
The couple, who left royal life in a sensational manner in January 2020, are now based in California.
They are staying at Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s estate at Windsor Castle while they visit Britain for the Jubilee.
Britain has declared Thursday and Friday public holidays to mark the unprecedented milestone of the Queen’s reign, which has drawn attention to the future of the monarchy without her.
Longer pub hours, street parties and other events celebrating the Queen’s central place in the life of most Britons have temporarily eased the gloom of a mounting cost-of-living crisis.
On Sunday, more than 10 million people will share food at Big Jubilee Lunch picnics and a musical
public procession with 10,000 people.
Ed Sheeran will round out the celebrations on Sunday by singing his 2017 hit “Perfect” at the end of the pageant.
part of my life
Ross, who is traveling to Glastonbury Festival this month after Saturday’s concert, said she was “absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to such a momentous occasion”.
Charles has previously revealed that the 78-year-old diva’s 1980 disco hit “Upside Down” was one of his favorite songs.
Queen guitarist Brian May provided one of the most memorable images of the 2002 anniversary when he played “God Save the Queen” from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
British rocker Stewart, who was knighted for services to music and charity at the Queen’s Birthday Honors in 2016, said Saturday’s performance was “nerve-wracking”.
“I grew up with this woman. I was seven when she took the throne,” the 77-year-old singer told the BBC on Friday.
“She’s always been part of my life.”