Stars perform at Diamond Jubilee concert


Highlights from the Diamond Jubilee concert

A host of stars have performed at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace in London.

Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Sir Elton John were among those to sing before The Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family.

The event was attended by 12,000 ticket holders, with thousands more spectators lining the length of The Mall.

Sir Paul McCartney was the final act on a night that ended when the Queen lit a beacon to mark her 60-year reign.

The concert was broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world.

Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue appeared on stage dressed as a pearly queen

It was a joint venture between the BBC and Gary Barlow, who co-wrote Sing, the official song for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Williams was the first star of the night, taking to the specially constructed stage around the Queen Victoria Memorial to sing his hit Let Me Entertain You.

He was followed on stage by Black Eyed Peas member, his fellow The Voice judge Jessie J and chart-topping boy band JLS.

Barlow then took to the stage himself to perform a surprise duet with Cheryl Cole.

Next on the bill was Sir Cliff Richard, who performed a decade-straddling medley of hits and his 1968 Eurovision track Congratulations.

Singer Grace Jones surely deserved some herself for performing Slave to the Rhythm while spinning a hula hoop around her midriff.

The world of classical music was represented by Chinese pianist Lang Lang, US soprano Renee Fleming and English tenor Alfie Boe.

Sir Paul McCartney Sir Paul McCartney was the final performer of the evening

Other artists who appeared include Annie Lennox, Ed Sheeran and Sir Tom Jones.

Dame Shirley Bassey performed Diamonds are Forever, while Kylie Minogue - dressed as a pearly queen - was joined by street dance crew Flawless.

She was followed by Sir Elton John, who sang such tracks as Crocodile Rock and Your Song in a sparkly pink jacket.

Stevie Wonder took the opportunity to wish the Queen a happy birthday during a set that included Isn't She Lovely.

Though the monarch was born on 21 April, her official birthday is traditionally celebrated at the beginning of June.

Pop veterans Madness then performed Our House from the roof of the Palace.

It was there that the Queen guitarist Brian May played the National Anthem during the Golden Jubilee concert in 2002.

Between the music acts, hosting duties were handled by Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Lenny Henry and Lee Mack.

Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Madness speaking backstage

At the end of the night, Prince Charles appeared on stage with his mother and thanked her for "making us proud to be British".

"As a nation, this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us," he said.

The Duke of Edinburgh was unable to attend the concert after being taken to hospital earlier with a bladder infection.

"Unfortunately he is taken unwell," the Prince told the crowd. "But if we shout loud enough, he might just hear us in hospital."


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    Comment number 19.


    "...the BBC's incompetence and inability to provide a sensible and informative commentary on the flotilla..."


    Well, they chose a sports commentator: very good at his proper job too, but not right for this at all.

    We did get a few stats, though.

    Why the BBC did this is not clear...

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    Comment number 18.

    Er Bagwag et al, if it were your party and you were 86, I don't imagine you'd want a load of kids prancing around. Have some grace and tolearnce and don't be so disrespectful of age - one day you may have the good fortune to reach maturity yourself, though it's by no means a done deal ,so think on it!

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    Comment number 17.

    Philip threw a sickie. Don't blame him. Elton John really believes he's royalty, doesn't he?

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    Comment number 16.

    Nothing against the Jubilee or it's concert. I thought it was very well staged. The best laughs come from the synchophantic, adjectival cliche ridden BBC presenters - like the guy who reported 'The bands are rehearsing the finale, which will come near the end of the performance'.
    I do get the feeling that the BBC is part of a plot to mess with my head on the topic of the Monarchy though.

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    Comment number 15.

    Oh Dear, the singing from Macca and others was dire. However the projection on the palace for 'Our house' was brilliant.
    The only thing worse than than Macca was the BBC's incompetence and inability to provide a sensible and informative commentary on the flotilla the day before. An historic event spoilt by the BBC, Macca and other has-beens and so called celebrities.They cheapened the whole thing

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    Comment number 14.

    No wonder the Duke (bless him) went sick. The best diplomatic illness I have seen in a long while.

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    Comment number 13.

    I agree with some of the comments, but overall the concert was a part success. Cheryl stick to making shampoo adverts sweatheart, coz it was proven last night, YOU cannot sing for love nor money.

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    Comment number 12.

    9.Chorley Lass - Firstly lets be honest the clapping seals who made up the crowd would follow a rabid dog to a brothel if the brothels product was 1/2 price so no these are not the republicians target audience. The queen cost this country more in total costs than an elected head of state would, that has been stated on tv and other places.Whilst we are suffering they eat cake.

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    Comment number 11.

    It was my birthday on 2nd of June, where's my star-studded concert!?

    I could only afford Gareth Gates.

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    Comment number 10.

    Cliff Richard
    Cheryl Cole
    Miranda Hart
    Off with their heads!

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    Comment number 9.

    @5 you have every right to be a republican, but if you are going to adopt that doomed to fail cause then at least be intelligent about it and factually correct. Finally I am absolutely certain that the tens of thousands of people who were present for the concert will be so flattered to labelled clapping seals that they will rush to join your cause.

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    Comment number 8.

    I really feel sorry for the Queen having to sit through that,the so called funny men well what can you say,just rubbish ,apart from West side story.the rest was karioke standard, a bunch of hasbeens

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    Comment number 7.

    We could switch off, but the poor Queen had to sit through it. She did not even have the luxury of being able to pull a face.

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    Comment number 6.

    I now understand why prince Philip went off sick

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    Comment number 5.

    Well 60 years of sponging off the taxpayers and this rubbish is what we get. Celebrities who are on the whole past it, perform for clapping seals. It was a total waste of oxygen and by the look of some of the performers no oxygen would be an improvement. If any other unemployed person did what the queen and spongers do they would be in prison.

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    Comment number 4.

    Two great pics here, beeb.

    Macca looks like Ken Dodd, and the KM like a scene from "Up Pompeii"


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    Comment number 3.

    underwhelming would be an understatement!

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    Comment number 2.

    I watched this event last night. Though I expect the atmosphere was brilliant for those that were there I found the whole thing a bit poor. Cliff seemed out of breath, Macca don't half look past it, Elton did O.K. but needs to go on a diet. The only one that seemed dignified and representative of Rock/Pop Royalty was Tom Jones and I am not a fan of him. Backing group was good mind you.

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    Comment number 1.

    OH DEAR, Cheryl should, under no circumstances every open her mouth.
    Cliff, Paul and Elton should be pensioned off. Was looking forward to a night of entertainment, what did we get, a bunch of old fossils. Would have been better if we had a tourer of The Natural History Museum set to music.


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