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 59.

    @52 'Ojiveojive'
    I have to agree that bangra, reggae and jazz was not represented at the Jubilee Concert. However, you'd have to ask the organisers that question. The Queen was not responsible for the organiser's decisions - yet gets the flack, with no right of reply.

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    Comment number 58.

    I wish that idiot, would do us all a favour and go back to to the states.

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    Comment number 57.

    I see that those scallywags,The Sex Pistols were not asked to join the Jubilee flotilla,and provide some ambient,lounge music,this year.Such a shame,as they also have a history of riding up the Thames in boats.Now,that would have been entertaining,but they might have been seen as a possible threat to national security,and detained under the Radio One prevention of musical terrorism act of 1977....

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    Comment number 56.

    Chorley, you miss the point. Dame Shirley added nothing to the depth of musical heritage. She is part of the establishment along with Sirs Cliff, Elton and Paul. This was an opportunity to include everyone but instead it excluded all but the bland. The exception being Stevie Wonder who can still do it. The others? Old and in the way.

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    Comment number 55.

    Overall the concert was a great success but perhaps a bit lacking on the sound reproduction front.
    One cannot fault the behaviour of our Queen and Royal Family, imagine if we had a republic and President Brown or Prescott.
    And thank God the constitution decrees ascension and not Hello magazine.

    I suggest that Britainsnotpleased change his user name because he does NOT speak for Britain.

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    Comment number 54.

    My sister had a terrible time trying to get home afterwards. I wonder how the transport system will cope during the Olympics...

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    Comment number 53.

    @41 - just what do you think are the ethnic origins of Dame Shirley Bassey? I think that undermines your comment!

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    Comment number 52.

    I was disappointed not to see any nod to other musical ethnicities, save for Gary Barlow's appallingly patronising world tour of four countries to absorb ethnic influences. No reggae, bangra, jazz, surely three influential forms of music that have developed and thrived over the last sixty years and would have at least appeared to be more inclusive of our evolving population over that period.

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    Comment number 51.

    A tired performance from many on a great night. Sadly the journalistic coverage over the whole weekend by the BBC was ot mediocre standard. Lots of commentry in estuary English. poorly researched, and ill informed. We are supposed to have the best media in the world but were let down by the beeb.
    This could not detract from the magnificent occasion of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

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    Comment number 50.

    I was embarrassed by this rubbish and that includes the likes of Lenny 'Shake a spear' Henry and Rob Brydon being as funny as dog poo in the car footwell. Call me a cynic but it's the same old cobblers Elton, Bassey, Jones, M'Carthorse. Middle of the road? If only.

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    Comment number 49.

    Meh, been following E3 instead......

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    Comment number 48.

    News just in,Sir Paul McCartney to end Olympic Opening.No surprises there then.Come on lads,be fair, give Elton And Cliff a look in.(Yawn) zzzzz....

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    Comment number 47.

    I thought last nights concert was superb and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves. I am not a royalist but I did find myself feeling proud to be British and proud that we can put on such shows for the Queens Jubilee celebrations. Watching the end of last nights concert I found myself thinking of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and what they now have to surpass

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    Comment number 46.

    Oh Lord, ain't Cliff and McCartney getting old and squeaky! And though I like watching Rolf, I found the bowing and scraping a bit sugary. As for the comedians and comedienne - oh dear.
    I just hope the Queen found some things she liked; I found little worth watching or listening to.
    How many of our oldies will be around to sing at her next Jubilee, if she gets there?
    My wife liked it all, though.

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    Comment number 45.

    @40 'ProfPhoenix'
    Unless you have been living on Mars, I think you know that Cameron & Co have been working furiously to sell off the BBC to their friends before the 2010 election. Similar to the NHS sell-off now, instigated by Andrew Lansley with his chums and private health lobbyist wife for those across the pond.

    If we thought we were a little America now - we haven't seen anything yet.

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    Comment number 44.

    18. Sydney. lots on here seam to be saying the same as me. There are hundreds of acts from Britain and the Commonwealth, old and new who are better than Cliff, Paul and Elton. The little girl who sang the solo on the song "sing" stole the show. She is what the Jubilee is about. Its the future, the young, those with energy. Wills & Kate are the future not Charles & Camilla.

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    Comment number 43.

    I thought that last night's Jubilee concert was amazing last night . I thought that all the singers were great. The lighing was out of this world

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    Comment number 42.

    I am not a fan of the royal family, far from it, but it was great to see the majority of people being patriotic and enjoying a celebration together. We are so often overly negative and critical, we could learn something from other nations that celebrate the best things about their countries regularly, there's nothing wrong with being patriotic.

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    Comment number 41.

    In a multicultural society I could not have felt more excluded had I been of Asian, African or Caribbean descent. I don't remember seeing a single British black or British Asian musical performer. We should have been celebrating the breadth and depth of our musical heritage. Surely they could have fitted in one or two performances (reggae/bangra?) that expresses our inclusive cultural diversity.

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    Comment number 40.

    After watching the BBC coverage of the flotilla I could not bring myself to watch another piece of celebrity worship from a once great broadcasting organization. Time for privatisation. Come on Mr Cameron, put the BBC up for sale.


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