Queen and Adam Lambert kick off much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace

Queen and Adam Lambert kick off much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace 2
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Music legends led the BBC’s Party At The Palace concert on Saturday night, with Diana Ross impressing the crowds as she belted out soul classics while Sir Rod Stewart and Queen and Adam Lambert also put on sensational shows.

The biggest highlight of the three-hour concert was Diana Ross, who took to the stage in an incredible black and white tulle gown at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Supremes singer, 78, kicked off her performance with a rendition of Chain Reaction, which she sang backed-up by a talented choir while a glitter-ball was projected on to the Palace.

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Wow! The biggest highlight of the three-hour concert was Diana Ross, who took to the stage in an incredible black and white tulle gown at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Wow! The biggest highlight of the three-hour concert was Diana Ross, who took to the stage in an incredible black and white tulle gown at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Fabulous: The Supremes singer, 78, kicked off her performance with a rendition of Chain Reaction, which she sang backed-up by a talented choir

Fabulous: The Supremes singer, 78, kicked off her performance with a rendition of Chain Reaction, which she sang backed-up by a talented choir

Honour: In a sweet tribute to the Queen's 70-year reign, Diana also belted out Thank You while the words flashed on the giant screen behind her and the crowds eagerly waved their Union Jacks in the air

Honour: In a sweet tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign, Diana also belted out Thank You while the words flashed on the giant screen behind her and the crowds eagerly waved their Union Jacks in the air

In a sweet tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign, Diana also belted out Thank You while the words flashed on the giant screen behind her and the crowds eagerly waved their Union Jacks in the air.

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The 22,000-strong crowd then erupted into deafening cheers as Diana launched into Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, with Kate Middleton seen looking equally impressed as she sang along from the Royal box.

As she closed the show, she said: ‘I am so proud and pleased to be sharing the evening with you!’ 

Earlier in the night, Sir Rod Stewart did not fail to get the 22,000-strong crowd outside Buckingham Palace dancing with an incredible medley of his top tracks to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.

Looking good: Sir Rod, 77, put on a vibrant display in a bright yellow suit jacket, which he paired with black trousers and a crisp white shirt for the popping performance

Looking good: Sir Rod, 77, put on a vibrant display in a bright yellow suit jacket, which he paired with black trousers and a crisp white shirt for the popping performance

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Boogie: And Sir Rod Stewart then got the crowds dancing as he belted out Baby Jane with his recognisable raspy vocals alongside three back-up singers, who wore dresses mirroring the Union Jack colours

Boogie: And Sir Rod Stewart then got the crowds dancing as he belted out Baby Jane with his recognisable raspy vocals alongside three back-up singers, who wore dresses mirroring the Union Jack colours

He put on a vibrant display in a bright yellow suit jacket, which he paired with black trousers and a crisp white shirt for the popping performance. 

The singer belted out Baby Jane with his recognisable raspy vocals alongside three back-up singers, who wore dresses mirroring the Union Jack colours.

Elsewhere, Queen were joined by Adam Lambert on stage as they sang a montage of classics, impressing the Royal Family with their upbeat performance.

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Adam, who took the place of lead singer Freddie Mercury, appeared on stage in front of a row of Palace officials playing drums and began belting out We Will Rock You for their opening number.

It came 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace’s roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002. 

Rocking: The BBC 's Party At The Palace kicked off with a spectacular appearance from Adam Lambert and Queen on Saturday night

Rocking: The BBC ‘s Party At The Palace kicked off with a spectacular appearance from Adam Lambert and Queen on Saturday night

They're back! It came 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace's roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002

They’re back! It came 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace’s roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002

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The singer, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching, which he paired with black trousers and a shirt as he took to the stage.

During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums.

After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions.

And Kate Middleton appeared to be impressed by their amazing performance of Don’t Stop Me Now, as she was seen singing along in the Royal box, where she sat alongside her family. 

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What an arrival: Adam, who took the place of lead singer Freddie Mercury, appeared on stage in front of a row of Palace officials playing drums and began belting out We Will Rock You for their opening number

What an arrival: Adam, who took the place of lead singer Freddie Mercury, appeared on stage in front of a row of Palace officials playing drums and began belting out We Will Rock You for their opening number

Stylish: The singer, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching, which he paired with black trousers and a shirt as he took to the stage

Stylish: The singer, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching, which he paired with black trousers and a shirt as he took to the stage

Great night: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don't Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

Great night: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

And Elton John put on a touching performance of Your Song but he did not appear on stage for his rendition of the popular track.

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The Rocketman hitmaker was projected on to Buckingham Palace as he paid tribute to the Queen before playing the piano and singing in a pre-recorded show from Windsor Castle. 

As he sang, he appeared on the Palace with the lyrics to his hit track appearing alongside him, sending the crowds into silence as they were awe-struck by the performance. 

Projection: And Elton John put on a touching performance of Your Song but he did not appear on stage for his rendition of the popular track

Projection: And Elton John put on a touching performance of Your Song but he did not appear on stage for his rendition of the popular track

Hits: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don't Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

Hits: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

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Cheers: Adam Lambert performing during the Platinum Party At The Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace

Cheers: Adam Lambert performing during the Platinum Party At The Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace

Diversity did not fail to put on an unforgettable show with Ashley Banjo kicking off the performance with a spoken word segment as the dance troupe paid tribute to The Beatles in their first routine.

The pro performers paid tribute to the UK’s history of artists, from the Beatles to the Spice Girls with an epic montage to stars ranging from Sixties icons The Beatles to modern legends such as The Spice Girls and Stormzy.

Ashley then got the crowd clapping along to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful before celebrating Britain’s musical subcultures – including rap and grime music – in a complex dance routine. 

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Ashley ended their segment on the words, ‘where pop music goes from here, I’m exciting to see’, before Craig David appeared on stage in a sparkling blue tracksuit.

What an entrance! Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform to kick off the night

What an entrance! Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform to kick off the night

Legends: During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums

Legends: During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums

Legends: During their opening number, Brian May rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums

Cheering: The crowds danced and sings while waving their Union Jacks in the air during the opening performance

Cheering: The crowds danced and sings while waving their Union Jacks in the air during the opening performance 

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Rocking: Adam appeared on stage with guitarist Brian, who performed at the Queen's Jubilee in 2002

Rocking: Adam appeared on stage with guitarist Brian, who performed at the Queen’s Jubilee in 2002 

The singer, 41, did not fail to capture attention in his glittering ensemble as he belted out party anthem Ain’t Giving Up. 

He then got behind the DJ decks as he performed Re-Rewind before getting the crowds dancing along to Fill Me In while a London phone-box was projected on the screen behind him.

Comic: Lee Mack then took to the stage to host a presenting segment, where he comically paid tribute to the late singer Freddie by getting the crowd to cheer 'ay-o' before calling on the Royal box to do the same

Comic: Lee Mack then took to the stage to host a presenting segment, where he comically paid tribute to the late singer Freddie by getting the crowd to cheer ‘ay-o’ before calling on the Royal box to do the same

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Craig David appeared on stage in a sparkling blue tracksuit and did not fail to capture attention in his glittering ensemble as he belted out party anthem Ain’t Giving Up

Craig David appeared on stage in a sparkling blue tracksuit and did not fail to capture attention in his glittering ensemble as he belted out party anthem Ain’t Giving Up

Party: He then got behind the DJ decks as he performed Re-Rewind before getting the crowds dancing along to Fill Me In while a London phone-box was projected on the screen behind him

Party: He then got behind the DJ decks as he performed Re-Rewind before getting the crowds dancing along to Fill Me In while a London phone-box was projected on the screen behind him

Musical sensational: Next up was Diversity, with Ashley Banjo kicking off the performance with a spoken word segment as the dance troupe paid tribute to The Beatles in their first routine

Musical sensational: Next up was Diversity, with Ashley Banjo kicking off the performance with a spoken word segment as the dance troupe paid tribute to The Beatles in their first routine

Music through time: The dance number followed the influence of music through time, with the group putting on a disco-inspired performance to Night Fever by the Bee Gees

Music through time: The dance number followed the influence of music through time, with the group putting on a disco-inspired performance to Night Fever by the Bee Gees

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A history of pop: Their love-letter to pop also included choreography to more contemporary acts, such as One Direction and Stormzy

A history of pop: Their love-letter to pop also included choreography to more contemporary acts, such as One Direction and Stormzy

Homage: The pro performers paid tribute to the UK's history of artists, from the Beatles to the Spice Girls

Homage: The pro performers paid tribute to the UK’s history of artists, from the Beatles to the Spice Girls

In another musical extravaganza, Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared on stage to praise the Queen for having a reign that has outlived any musical before welcoming ‘American royalty’ Lin-Manuel Miranda on stage. 

The musical pair then performed a Hamilton duet on the piano, with the lyrics changed to pay tribute to Her Majesty, with Lin-Manuel hilariously joking that he didn’t know what a Platinum Jubilee meant because he is American.

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The cast of Hamilton then took to the stage to perform, before another smash musical took to the stage, with Andrew taking to the keys to welcome The Phantom of the Opera.

The all-female cast of Six, which follows the stories of Henry VIII’s six ex-wives, took over with a dramatic performance of the pop track Ex Wives.

Duo: Andrew Lloyd Webber then appeared on stage to praise the Queen for having a reign that has outlived any musical before welcoming 'American royalty' Lin-Manuel Miranda on stage

Duo: Andrew Lloyd Webber then appeared on stage to praise the Queen for having a reign that has outlived any musical before welcoming ‘American royalty’ Lin-Manuel Miranda on stage

Genius: The musical pair then performed a Hamilton duet on the piano, with the lyrics changed to pay tribute to Her Majesty, with Lin-Manuel hilariously joking that he didn't know what a Platinum Jubilee meant because he is American

Genius: The musical pair then performed a Hamilton duet on the piano, with the lyrics changed to pay tribute to Her Majesty, with Lin-Manuel hilariously joking that he didn’t know what a Platinum Jubilee meant because he is American

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Opera: The cast of Hamilton then took to the stage to perform, before another smash musical took to the stage, with Andrew taking to the keys to welcome The Phantom of the Opera

Opera: The cast of Hamilton then took to the stage to perform, before another smash musical took to the stage, with Andrew taking to the keys to welcome The Phantom of the Opera

Upbeat: The all-female cast of Six, which follows the stories of Henry VIII's six ex-wives, took over with a dramatic performance of the pop track Ex Wives

Upbeat: The all-female cast of Six, which follows the stories of Henry VIII’s six ex-wives, took over with a dramatic performance of the pop track Ex Wives

And as the musical medley continued, Jason Donovan sang Any Dream Will Do with the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Camilla seen waving her Union Jack as she appeared to enjoy the rendition.

In an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical medley, the cast of The Lion King then took over from the operatic number, launching into an energetic performance of The Circle Of Life.

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Celebrities also paid tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign in a sweet montage, with Daniel Craig hilariously referencing the 2012 Olympic stunt with the monarch, which saw her pretend to jump out a helicopter with him. 

‘I would follow you anywhere Ma’am, out of any helicopter door,’ the James Bond star joked.

Michelle Obama then paid tribute to the Queen and said she was ‘honoured’ to have spent time with Her Majesty during her time as First Lady. 

Amazing: In a musical medley, Jason Donovan sang Any Dream Will Do with the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Amazing: In a musical medley, Jason Donovan sang Any Dream Will Do with the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Dreamcoat: In scenes from the musical, the Australian actor's outfit was fanned out by other cast members to show off his dreamcoat

Dreamcoat: In scenes from the musical, the Australian actor’s outfit was fanned out by other cast members to show off his dreamcoat 

Having fun: Camilla seemed to thoroughly enjoy Jason's performance as she was seen waving her Union Jack alongside her husband Charles

Having fun: Camilla seemed to thoroughly enjoy Jason’s performance as she was seen waving her Union Jack alongside her husband Charles 

Funny: Celebrities then paid tribute to the Queen's 70-year reign in a sweet montage, with Daniel Craig hilariously referencing the 2012 Olympic stunt with the monarch, which saw her pretend to jump out a helicopter with him

Honour: Michelle Obama then paid tribute to the Queen and said she was 'honoured' to have spent time with Her Majesty during her time as First Lady

Funny: Celebrities then paid tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign in a sweet montage, with Daniel Craig hilariously referencing the 2012 Olympic stunt with the monarch, while Michelle Obama then paid gave a message for the Queen

She added: ‘Whether you were welcoming a nervous First Lady to Buckingham Palace for the first time, or being nice to our kids, I feel honoured to have spent time with you over the years.’ 

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Following the tributes, Eurovision’s Sam Ryder took to the stage in a sequinned Union Jack jumpsuit as he belted out his hit track Spaceman, which saw him come in second place on the song contest. 

And Prince Charles appeared to thoroughly enjoy the performance as he was seen clapping and smiling after listening to the track, which broke Britain’s ‘nul points’ tradition at Eurovision.

Alicia Keys also appeared on stage to pay tribute to The Queen’s reign in her choice of song, titled Superwoman – as the words were projected on to the Palace behind her.

Continuing along the same theme, Alicia – who stunned in a black cape with gold embellishments on the shoulders – then belted out her hit track Girl On Fire alongside a choir of backing singers.

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Glitzy: Following the tributes, Eurovision's Sam Ryder then took to the stage in a sequinned Union Jack jumpsuit as he belted out his hit track Spaceman, which saw him come in second place on the song contest

Glitzy: Following the tributes, Eurovision’s Sam Ryder then took to the stage in a sequinned Union Jack jumpsuit as he belted out his hit track Spaceman, which saw him come in second place on the song contest

Red, white and blue: Sam put on an eye-catching display in a denim jumpsuit embellished with sequins making up the Union Jack, which he teamed with white trainers

Red, white and blue: Sam put on an eye-catching display in a denim jumpsuit embellished with sequins making up the Union Jack, which he teamed with white trainers  

The singer showed off her incredible talents as a pianist as she played while singing her perfect vocals, going on to perform New York after paying tribute to London, saying the city always makes her feel ‘at home’.

As nighttime fell, the crowd could be seen holding up their light-up wristbands, with the Mall becoming a sea of light as she captured attention with her impressive vocal range. 

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Another musical highlight saw George Ezra cut a smart figure in a purple suit as he played guitar and took centre-stage to sing Green Green Grass and Shotgun.

And DJ Jax Jones also took to the stage earlier in the night to perform Instruction, with a special appearance from 10-year-old Nandi Bushell on the drums.

Amazing: Alicia Keys also appeared to pay tribute to The Queen's reign in her choice of song, titled Superwoman - as the words were projected on to the Palace behind her

Amazing: Alicia Keys also appeared to pay tribute to The Queen’s reign in her choice of song, titled Superwoman – as the words were projected on to the Palace behind her

Beautiful: The singer showed off her incredible talents as a pianist as she played while singing her perfect vocals, going on to perform New York after paying tribute to London, saying the city always makes her feel 'at home'

Beautiful: The singer showed off her incredible talents as a pianist as she played while singing her perfect vocals, going on to perform New York after paying tribute to London, saying the city always makes her feel ‘at home’

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Girl power: Continuing along the same theme, Alicia - who stunned in a black cape with gold embellishments on the shoulders - then belted out her hit track Girl On Fire alongside a choir of backing singers

Girl power: Continuing along the same theme, Alicia – who stunned in a black cape with gold embellishments on the shoulders – then belted out her hit track Girl On Fire alongside a choir of backing singers

He then welcomed Mabel to the stage, who stunned in a yellow jumpsuit as she belted out Don’t Call Me Up alongside a crew of backup dancers.

He concluded his set with a performance of Where Did You Go?, with Jax playing electric guitar on a podium above the stage while dancers dressed in yellow performed below him. 

Following the DJ was Elbow, who put on an amazing performance of One Day Like This that got the crowd waving their arms in the air and singing along to the popular hit.

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In another hit show, Mimi Webb appeared on a platform behind the stage in a stunning white blazer dress, which she teamed with a pair of silver knee-high boots.

The star, 21, belted out her hit track House On Fire while her backing dancers showed off their incredible moves behind her.

All smiles: Next on stage was George Ezra, who cut a smart figure in a purple suit as he played guitar and took centre-stage to sing Green Green Grass and Shotgun

All smiles: Next on stage was George Ezra, who cut a smart figure in a purple suit as he played guitar and took centre-stage to sing Green Green Grass and Shotgun

Queen and Adam Lambert kick off much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace 3

Performance: DJ Jax Jones was the next singer to take to the stage and performed Instruction, with a special appearance from 10-year-old Nandi Bushell on the drums

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Eye-catching: Mimi Webb then appeared on a platform behind the stage in a stunning white blazer dress, which she teamed with a pair of silver knee-high boots and belted out her hit track House On Fire

Eye-catching: Mimi Webb then appeared on a platform behind the stage in a stunning white blazer dress, which she teamed with a pair of silver knee-high boots and belted out her hit track House On Fire

His incredible performance paid off after George had earlier admitted his nerves ahead of taking to the stage for the much-anticipated Jubilee concert.

‘It didn’t really dawn on me until we got here. It’s a big deal,’ he said. ‘We are just playing a small part in this big day.’ 

Turning to sport during the concert, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis-Hill both appeared on stage to thank the Queen and introduce a spectacular musical act.

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Tom joked that before he became known for knitting clothes during the Covid-19 lockdown, he was famous for being a diving champion.

And addressing the Queen, he added: ‘Thank you for your support and your belief, it is our great honour to bring pride to this country.’ 

They then introduced Italian operatic singer Andrea Bocelli to the stage stage, who left the crowds completely silent as he amazed with a performance of Nessun Dorma.

Pair: Turning to sport, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis-Hill both appeared on stage to thank the Queen and introduce the next musical act, with Tom joking about becoming famous for knitting in the Covid-19 lockdown

Pair: Turning to sport, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis-Hill both appeared on stage to thank the Queen and introduce the next musical act, with Tom joking about becoming famous for knitting in the Covid-19 lockdown

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Awe-inspiring: Italian operatic singer Andrea Bocelli on stage left the crowds completely silent as he amazed with a performance of Nessun Dorma

Awe-inspiring: Italian operatic singer Andrea Bocelli on stage left the crowds completely silent as he amazed with a performance of Nessun Dorma

Fabulous: After his awe-inspiring performance, Duran Duran took to the stage with American musician Nile Rodgers to get the crowds dancing again with an upbeat performance

Fabulous: After his awe-inspiring performance, Duran Duran took to the stage with American musician Nile Rodgers to get the crowds dancing again with an upbeat performance

After his awe-inspiring performance, Duran Duran took to the stage with American musician Nile Rodgers to get the crowds dancing again with an upbeat performance.

With pictures of the Queen and ’70 years on’ projected on Buckingham Palace in a colourful display behind them, the British band sang Girl On Film in what seemed to be a pop-inspired tribute to Her Majesty.

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As they performed, models dressed in extravagant colourful gowns strutted their stuff on a catwalk leading down the centre of the stage and out into the crowds. 

In further tributes to The Queen, Julie Roberts thanked Her Majesty for her service to the country, while Mo Farah said a ‘wholehearted thank you’ to her.

And tennis star Emma Raducanu added: ‘I know what it’s like to feel pressure on the tennis court, but for 70 years you have remained calm at all times, thank you for everything Your Majesty.’

Vibrant: With pictures of the Queen and '70 years on' projected on Buckingham Palace in a colourful display behind them, the British band sang Girl On Film in what seemed to be a pop-inspired tribute to Her Majesty

Vibrant: With pictures of the Queen and ’70 years on’ projected on Buckingham Palace in a colourful display behind them, the British band sang Girl On Film in what seemed to be a pop-inspired tribute to Her Majesty

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Nature: In a more poignant moment of the concert, David Attenborough then spoke about climate change and the damage humanity has caused the Earth in a voiceover projected on to Buckingham Palace

Nature: In a more poignant moment of the concert, David Attenborough then spoke about climate change and the damage humanity has caused the Earth in a voiceover projected on to Buckingham Palace

In a more poignant moment of the concert, David Attenborough then spoke about climate change and the damage humanity has caused the Earth in a voiceover projected on to Buckingham Palace.

He said: ‘Then our planet seemed to be almost infinitely large and the activities of human beings almost irrelevant to its future, how wrong I was. The natural world is changing because of what we are doing to it. 

‘But there is hope, we have the understanding to put right some of the damage we have done. We can restore the health of the planet. The Queen and her family have been a crucial part in working for the conservation of our green planet.’

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Mirroring his comments, ballet dancers then took to the stage to perform a majestic dance routine, with the Queen’s words on climate change being heard in the background. 

In her voiceover, the Queen paid tribute to her late husband Prince Philip, saying: ‘The role my husband played in saving the planet lives on in the role of my son Charles and his eldest son William, I could not be more proud of them.’ 

Climate change: Prince William then appeared on stage and jokingly said it was great to see Buckingham Palace transformed into an i-Max screen, before lauding his father Charles and grandfather Philip for helping to stop climate change

Climate change: Prince William then appeared on stage and jokingly said it was great to see Buckingham Palace transformed into an i-Max screen, before lauding his father Charles and grandfather Philip for helping to stop climate change

Tribute: The Duke of Cambridge went on to praise young people for their role in changing the natural world, adding: 'Most inspiringly, the cause is being spearheaded by a united generation of young people across the world'

Tribute: The Duke of Cambridge went on to praise young people for their role in changing the natural world, adding: ‘Most inspiringly, the cause is being spearheaded by a united generation of young people across the world’

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Prince William then appeared on stage and jokingly said it was great to see Buckingham Palace transformed into an i-Max screen, before lauding his father Charles and grandfather Philip for helping to stop climate change.

He said: ‘While nobody’s grandmother will thank them for talking about their age, my own grandmother has been alive for nearly a century, in that time the world has benefited from scientific and technological breakthroughs. 

‘But our planet has become more fragile. Today in 2022, as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the need to restore our planet has never been more urgent. But like her, I am an optimist.’

The Duke of Cambridge went on to praise young people for their role in changing the natural world, adding: ‘Most inspiringly, the cause is being spearheaded by a united generation of young people across the world. Congratulations to all of them, they won’t accept the status quo, they won’t accept change is so difficult.’ 

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He concluded: ‘Tonight has been full of such optimism and joy, and there is hope. Together if we harvest the best of humankind, we will protect it for our children, grandchildren and future generations to come. They will be able to say with pride, what a wonderful world.’

Incredible: Continuing on the natural theme, Celeste took to the stage to sing a jaw-dropping rendition of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World

Incredible: Continuing on the natural theme, Celeste took to the stage to sing a jaw-dropping rendition of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World

Continuing on the natural theme, Celeste took to the stage to sing a jaw-dropping rendition of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

In further tributes, which were projected on Buckingham Palace, celebrities including Judi Dench, David Beckham, Ellie Simmonds and Elton John paid tribute to the Queen.

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In his pre-recorded message, Elton gushed: ‘You’ve been such a great part of my life ever since I was a child, I wanted to record something for you in a place you’d love. 

‘So here we are in the red drawing room of Windsor Castle, I thought it would be the perfect place.’

Other sensational performances followed, including Sigala singing I Came Here For Love and a rendition of Climb Every Mountain.

Before the concert began, the Queen hilariously hosted a sketch with popular children’s character Paddington Bear, after her 007 sketch at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Jam-packed: The crowd in The Mall during the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Jam-packed: The crowd in The Mall during the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Incredible start: People gather along The Mall for the Platinum Party At The Palace concert outside Buckingham Palace

Incredible start: People gather along The Mall for the Platinum Party At The Palace concert outside Buckingham Palace

The monarch and the famous bear – both much loved British institutions – tapped out the beat of the We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups using silver spoons as a unique way of getting the celebrations under way. 

The secretly-pre-recorded humorous sequence played at the start of the televised BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, the unlikely duo set the rhythm for opening act Queen + Adam Lambert – who joined in on the main stage. 

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The duo were pictured sat opposite each other at a table, laid for afternoon tea, covered with a white linen cloth in an opulent room.

Paddington began by telling the Queen that he hoped she was ‘having a lovely Jubilee’ before Her Majesty offered some tea.

The bear was quick to forget his manners as he sat in the lavish dining room drinking from the spout of the teapot. 

Party of two: The Queen performed a skit for the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace, where she and Paddington Bear chatted before she tapped along to 'We Will Rock You' by Queen to kick start the party and star-studded concert this evening

Party of two: The Queen performed a skit for the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, where she and Paddington Bear chatted before she tapped along to ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen to kick start the party and star-studded concert this evening

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Accident-prone Paddington was shown causing mayhem by accidentally depriving the understanding sovereign of another cup of tea and spraying cream from a chocolate eclair over a Palace Footman.

During an adorable moment, the Queen revealed she shares Paddington’s love of marmalade sandwiches and keeps an emergency stash in her trademark handbag.

The duffle-coat wearing bear showed the Queen how he ensured he always had his favourite treat on him just in case, lifting up his red hat to reveal his snack.

The Queen responded by admitting: ‘So do I’ before opening her bag and declaring ‘I keep mine in here’ to show her very own ready-made supply of the bread and orange preserve staple.

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The sketch wasn’t all light-hearted jokes as Britain’s favourite bear congratulated his new friend on her outstanding 70 years of service.

New friends: The bear congratulated the Queen on her reign of 70 years, saying: 'Happy Jubilee Ma'am. And thank you. For everything.'

New friends: The bear congratulated the Queen on her reign of 70 years, saying: ‘Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you. For everything.’

Tea party: In a pre-recorded segment, Padding and Her Majesty were pictured sharing a marmalade sandwich at Buckingham Palace

Tea party: In a pre-recorded segment, Padding and Her Majesty were pictured sharing a marmalade sandwich at Buckingham Palace

Commenting on her record-breaking reign Paddington said: ‘Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you. For everything’ to which she replied, ‘That’s very kind.’

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It brought back memories of the Queen’s James Bond skit for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, when the monarch met 007, played by Daniel Craig, and then appeared to parachute into the stadium, with the help of a body double.

Ahead of the Jubilee party, a sweet montage was aired with celebrities paying tribute to Her Majesty as they marked her 70-year reign.

Addressing the Queen, Dolly Parton said: ‘Thank you for being wonderful, you have been a shining diamond in this world for so long and everyone loves you, and I love you.’ 

While Michael Buble added: ‘I’d like to wish Your Majesty and family so much love.’

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Amusing: Before the concert began, the Queen hilariously hosted a sketch with popular children's character Paddington Bear, after her 007 sketch at the London 2012 Olympics

Amusing: Before the concert began, the Queen hilariously hosted a sketch with popular children’s character Paddington Bear, after her 007 sketch at the London 2012 Olympics

And Geri Halliwell gushed: ‘Our Queen, kind, loving, strong, serving our country, the Commonwealth, uniting us all together, always putting others before yourself, you are truly inspirational inside and out, we love you.’ 

Sweet: The adorable moment saw Her Majesty enjoying tea and cake with Paddington, who wished her a 'happy Jubilee' and offered her his thanks before the show kicked off

Sweet: The adorable moment saw Her Majesty enjoying tea and cake with Paddington, who wished her a ‘happy Jubilee’ and offered her his thanks before the show kicked off

In a separate segment, Shirley Ballas paid tribute to the Queen as she sweetly said the monarch was the ‘epitome of girl power’.

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‘Seventy years she has served our country, she is the epitome for me of girl power! I think she has got this really cheeky grin all the time and this wonderful demeanour that makes you feel comfortable,’ she said. ‘I’m proud to be British because of her.’

Ahead of the Jubilee party, a sweet montage was aired with celebrities paying tribute to Her Majesty as they marked her 70-year reign, with Dolly Parton sending her well wishes to the Queen

Ahead of the Jubilee party, a sweet montage was aired with celebrities paying tribute to Her Majesty as they marked her 70-year reign, with Dolly Parton sending her well wishes to the Queen

Amazing: Geri Halliwell gushed: 'Our Queen, kind, loving, strong, serving our country, the Commonwealth, uniting us all together, always putting others before yourself, you are truly inspirational inside and out, we love you'

Amazing: Geri Halliwell gushed: ‘Our Queen, kind, loving, strong, serving our country, the Commonwealth, uniting us all together, always putting others before yourself, you are truly inspirational inside and out, we love you’

In an interview ahead of the performance, EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis reflected on Prince Charlies and Camilla visiting the set of the soap opera.

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Rose, who won the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Giovanni Pernice, revealed that Camilla told her that she and her children all voted for her every week on the show.  

Rose said: ‘The Royal family vote for me, that’s just mad!’ 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee enters its third day today with the Epsom Derby and Party At The Palace concert, featuring Diana Ross, Sir Rod Stewart, Sam Ryder and more.

Getting ready: George Ezra also admitted his nerves ahead of taking to the stage for the much-anticipated Jubilee concert

Getting ready: George Ezra also admitted his nerves ahead of taking to the stage for the much-anticipated Jubilee concert

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Visit: In an interview ahead of the performance, EastEnders' Rose Ayling-Ellis reflected on Prince Charlies and Camilla visiting the set of the soap opera

Visit: In an interview ahead of the performance, EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis reflected on Prince Charlies and Camilla visiting the set of the soap opera

Wow! Rose, who won the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Giovanni Pernice, revealed that Camilla told her that she and her children all voted for her every week on the show

Wow! Rose, who won the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Giovanni Pernice, revealed that Camilla told her that she and her children all voted for her every week on the show

They are part of a series of major events scheduled for the four-day extravaganza, which began on Thursday with Trooping the Colour and a jaw-dropping 71-aircraft Flypast.

The celebration will end on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch. 

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During Saturday’s concert, Charles and William are preparing to deliver public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who will be watching on television from Windsor.

The evening will also feature appearances from sports figures and stars of the stage and screen.

Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet and Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds will all make appearances.

Band: Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen attend the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace backstage press room

Band: Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen attend the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace backstage press room 

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Looking good: Jax Jones, 34, showcased his quirky sense of style in a blue Louis Vuitton jacket and his signature fluffy top hat

Looking good: Jax Jones, 34, showcased his quirky sense of style in a blue Louis Vuitton jacket and his signature fluffy top hat 

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