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 79.

    I'm sorry, but 'pop stars' should know when to retire gracefully, Paul, Elton and even Cliff's voices have all gone.
    Tom & Shirley still have it

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    Comment number 78.

    I'm not a fan of Tom Jones but at least his voice still has power. Time for Cliff and Elton to retire gracefully. Sorry guys but you are just croaking through, and ruining, your best numbers.
    Grace Jones, weird as ever. Annie Lennox a true performer.What were Peter Kaye and Rolf up to exactly ?

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    Comment number 77.

    Just one question...where was Adele?

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    Comment number 76.

    I'll have a bit more respect for our royal family when they stop blasting the living daylights out of our wildlife. The concert was absolutely cringeworthy.

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    Comment number 75.

    Well, I thought the concert was pitiful. I've seen better productions by amateur dramatic companies. Peter Kay and Stevie Wonder the highlights for me. What was that rubbish between Rolf & Lenny? Henry, Carr and their like were just not up to the big occasion. They pitched their "performances" to a pub/club audience and proved they're ok in a small studio but not up to the big event.

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    Comment number 74.

    @66 'Tio Terry'
    'Tio Terry' - nonsense you say. I didn't mention any royal name.

    However, I will agree with your criticism of part of my post. The whole of the royal family and their civil list are not dependent on the NHS. Nor are those in government or the majority of the opposition.

    While those in parliament, of all parties, are protected from real life they allow decimation of NHS

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    Comment number 73.

    68.Tio Terry
    Pity they did not have the Vulcan at todays fly past.

    Yes, it was a pity, but probably caused by the preservation society being unable to raise enough funds for the flight insurance. I remember watching one take off at RAF Boscombe Down when I was a kid, we were about half a mile away, the power and noise was unbelievable. The RAF bus we were in actually shook! Not allowed now.

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    Comment number 72.

    Was it just me, or did singing "live and let die" to an aging woman who's husband has suffered a recent health scare, seem just a tad insensitive.

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    Comment number 71.

    59. coram-populo-2010

    I didn't give her any flack. Read my words. I gave Barlow flack and the has beens that made up the majority of the performers, 4 knights and a Dame, plus the other crud.

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    Comment number 70.


    "...Time for privatisation. Come on Mr Cameron, put the BBC up for sale..."


    In case you didn't know, it's already been privatised in large part.

    Almost everything of a practical nature has been sold, and much of its programming is now made by private production firms.

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    Comment number 69.

    My family had a discussion about Prince Phillip's illness, we believe he was possibly unwell before the Jubilee celebrations started and insisted on attending the Thames Pageant, probably against doctors orders. Having done his duty he then retired to the hospital. I'm no royalist but admire the Queen's & Prince Phillip's stamina. Soon it will be all over and we have to go back to 'Austerity'.

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    Comment number 68.

    Pity they did not have the Vulcan at todays fly past.

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    Comment number 67.

    When, oh when will Paul McCartney stop performing in public for any official British celebrations. The personal vanity and out of tune performance of this talentless man knows no bounds, as was demonstrated last night. I grew up with the beatles and better bands.

    Yes, I expect a torrent of abuse from Macca fans.

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    Comment number 66.

    Nonsense. Provide some evidence.

    You will find that Prince Phillip is not being treated by the NHS, he will be being attended to by a totally private Doctor.

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    Comment number 65.

    @62 'MTaylor'
    I don't think it's just the royals who can jumps queues. I think you will find that MPs, MEPs, MSPs, WMPs - in fact any official in government, or in opposition, and their family, jumps NHS queues all day long - we just don't hear about it!

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    Comment number 64.

    What about Grace Jones and that Hula- Hoop? Fabulous performance!

    I notice too that Will-i-am struggled to sing in tune despite being a judge on 'The Voice'. On the other hand, Tom Jones was fab as ever...

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    Comment number 63.

    I copied that programme and have been trolling through it today. So far Alfie Boe has been the star of the show, along with Tom Jones. I saw bits and pieces last night and thought that the sound was very poor. Yet Alfie Boe and Tom Jones came over well. I must be the difference between quality and second rate.

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    Comment number 62.

    The world is in melt down and this country wastes millions on one person who has never known hungry or hardship. We should be spending this money on long term jobs not fly by night tourism.

    The BBC recently did a story on the long queues at the NHS yet the Royals get seen straight away !
    Oh to be born with a silver spoon.....

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 60.

    The armada on the Thames and the Concert were first rate,would have been even better if the BBC presenters had remained silent.


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