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 39.

    A fantastic showcase of British talent and proves to the World that nobody can throw a part like the Brits. Well done !!.

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    Comment number 38.

    @25 U14529784
    Politicians, globally, bury bad news all day long, including their own shenanigans. You under-estimate the intelligence and observational abilities of the British population if you imagine they forget that while a Diamond Jubilee is going on for the Queen who has more integrity than most politicians.

    No, I'm not a royalist - just respect for a Queen who takes her job seriously.

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    Comment number 37.

    I only happened to see a few minutes of Lenny Henry being rude to Rolf Harris. Where did that come from?

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    Comment number 36.

    Didn't watch the concert,really not interested in seeing the same old,multi millionaire,chummy establisment acts,wheelchaired out,again & again,year in and out.Britain has a wealth of fresh talent,who never get a showcase of this magnitude.As always its the same old fossils,who have it nicley sewn up along with their agents.I appreciate some music may not be to Her Majesty's taste.Time for change?

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    Comment number 35.

    30.Chorley Lass -
    Of course you can its called free speech, but lets be honest this style of government is in its death throes, because as immigration increases the over all population will see the royal household for the spongers they are. I do not support immigration but will be glad if the effect is as predicted.

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    Comment number 33.

    Overall very enjoyable although its clear, from some of the performances, that some stars sell by date has long since expired sadly.

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    Comment number 31.

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

    Why the BBC did this is not clear...
    He usually commentates marathons, that may be why... Endless attention span and all that.

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    Comment number 30.

    @12 - I really fail to understand the mentality that says "I shall be as rude and as objectionable as possible, to as many as I can". For what end? Nothing rationale that is for certain. I think that you are just spiteful for the sake of being spiteful, and therefore I and (I believe) the majority of people can consign you to the trash can of oblivion without a nanosecond of further thought!

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    Comment number 29.

    Day 1 Nice boats -poor weather- awful commentators .... Day 2 Great projections and fireworks --awful singing and presenters ......Day 3 Wonderful St Pauls - wonderful service and BBC coverage at its best .Thankfully the Royal family have remained consistent through it all over so many years .Well done them .

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    Comment number 28.

    The diamond jubilee was a resounding success. What a grand celebration befitting a deeply loved Queen.The star-studded musical evening was such a great treat The show encompassing musical artistes from 1952 to 2012 was a musical treat beyond compare. For me It brought back nostalgic memories of the sixties and seventies and also the enduring quality of icons like Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck

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    Comment number 27.

    An amazing show, brilliant staging and great talent. Well done Gary Barlow and the BBC- a show to be proud of!

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    Comment number 26.

    I was working last night, and on a break, watched the embarrassment of the feeble and out of tune Paul McCartney as a closing act.

    Watching clips this morning it seems that Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey as British performers stole the show. Plus, the fabulous Australian Kylie looks and sounds good whatever she does! Well done Stevie Wonder too.

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    Comment number 25.

    I'm not bothered about the hoo-ha about the Jubilee but Im sure I wouldn't get the same response after 50 years of hard physical work never mind 60 years of relative luxury!

    The thing that bothers me is that this has just taken over all the media for four days.

    What are the politicians doing while the spotlight is away from them?This is a time for hiding bad news!

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    Comment number 24.

    20.leoRoverman. Well it is lucky for the moment that I am a halfwit but lets be honest our time will come. Personally I would rather that than be a foppish fool who just follows blindly and never questions. Why has the government given exemption from freedom of information rules to the royal household? could it possibly be to hide the true cost of monarchy

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    Comment number 23.

    Not at all to my taste, foul cacophony, however good for those who ever listen to 'pop' music extending the participation to another group. Pity the poor Queen and others forced to be there, a duty performed yet again.

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    Comment number 22.

    eugh, all the whingers have come out again I see!! The performers were not totally to my taste, but I still wish I'd been there! As a celebration of the music of the Queen's reign, it was excellent. The four days have been a great tribute to someone who has spent every day of the past 60 years serving our country. Very few other 86 year olds still work as hard as the Queen. God Save The Queen!

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    Comment number 21.

    Cavaliers and Roundheads yet again.
    When you can name someone who is able to be a president I may listen but until you have a name I'm happy to stick with the professionals we currently have. At least they have been trained for the job since birth, unlike any amateur you may choose.

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