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 99.

    Very disappointed with the concert, the comments from Rob Brydon and Jimmy Carr were derisory to the Queen and Royal family to say the least, 100 years ago would have been called treason and they would be put in the tower. Should have left it to Lenny Henry for the introductions and Cliff and Macca aught to call it a day but Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey were brilliant.

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    Comment number 98.


    Have you missed the point that the concert was to celebrate the music from the Queens 60 years on the throne and therefore was bound to include performers from yesteryear?

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    Comment number 97.

    Enjoyed the concert... apart from Paul MacCartney...he was truly awful and to make matters worse it has just been announced he will end the opening ceremony at the the Olympics. What an embarrasment, and who on earth chose him ?????

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    Comment number 96.

    @ 94
    More of a Marmite man myself.And wait till the bottom drops out of the Euro.Just watching the end of the concert now,can't hear many voices on the live coverage,singing Hope And Glory...

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    Comment number 95.


    Any auditable evidence to support your accusations or is it all just in your mind? If you have nothing to support your thoughts then it is totally meaningless.

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    Comment number 94.

    @89 'Dove'
    Perhaps you don't spread Marmalade on your toasty insular comments

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    Comment number 93.

    We started to watch the concert last night.
    Cliff was awful, why was Cheryl there? Tom Jones & Alfie Boe were great. After a while we founf it so awful that we decided to watch a film on Film 4. Surely with all the wonderful talent in this country why do they have to keep dragging out Cliff, Elton & Macca there day has long passed.

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    Comment number 92.

    91. David
    "Whoever was in charge ought face a firing squad, was there ever a worse moment from the BBC?"
    Your tone is ridiculous and the content even sillier.
    Is this post your application to be a Daily Mail writer?

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    Comment number 91.

    Note the BBC didn't ask what we thought of their coverage, I'd sack from the top to very bottom, just what is out license money being spent on?

    The BBC just about got everything wrong on this including the camera men, the presenters where terrible and made the BBC laughing stock as well as their selves.

    Whoever was in charge ought face a firing squad, was there ever a worse moment from the BBC?

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    Comment number 90.

    @77 'Richard'
    Yes. I agree. Where was Adele?
    @86 'Littlefork'
    Yes, Peter Kay should have compered it all. A natural, intuitive and under-estimated comedian that all audiences appreciate.

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    Comment number 89.

    Bet more people,knew the words to that faux reggae whimsy,Ob-la-de,Ob-la da,than land of Hope And Glory (??).The words "No Future",seem more relevent,than ever before.

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    Comment number 88.

    Prince Phillip once asked Tom Jones if he gargled with pebbles. Has anybody tried that? I would imagine it's only the kind of thing that's done when stoned.

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    Comment number 87.

    Lighting and graphics were top notch but sadly the sound really let them down. I know it's really difficult with no rehearsal at the venue making it almost impossible but I really thought that they'd have been recording isolated tracks to remix before today's edited version. As for Lenny Henry interrupting Rolf' song after requesting him to sing to pad out the set change. It was unforgivable.

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    Comment number 86.

    Ok so here's the marks from the littlefork jury: Cheryl Cole 2/10; Robbie 7/10; Kylie 6/10; Alfie Boe +8/10; Tom Jones 7/10; Elton; 5/10; Cliff 3/10; Madness 8/10; Macca 6/10; Carr 4/10; Henry 2/10; Rolf 2/10; Rob B 4/10; Kay 7/10 (why didn't they ask him to compere the whole thing?);Stevie Wonder 5/10; Bassey 6/10;...anyone I missed out wasn't worth commenting on...oh and BBC sound engineers 1/10

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    Comment number 85.

    Cliff Richard can still do it. Some of the performers were really good.

    Some weren't. I'll name and shame: - pointless man, pointless muzak
    Annie Lennox - disappointing since she crawled up her own backside
    Paul McCartney - apart from the fact he cannot sing any more, the song choices were poor. Ob-La-Di was painful years ago and it hasn't got better since.

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    Comment number 84.

    Mediocre at best, spoilt by shocking technical sound engineering. The BBC sound engineers should be ashamed of their performance. They just about got it right for Madness onwards.Until then it was dire.

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    Comment number 83.

    A one word summary. Absurd

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    Comment number 82.

    here am I listening to Planet Rock, even though I'm in my late 60's, when all of a sudden they are playing Knights of Cydonia by Muse. This is the sort of music we should be playing to represent todays Britain. Macca, Lennox, Wonder et al are so passe. Jools Holland should have arranged the Celebrations his show is more representative of todays U.K. Last nights celebs have had their day, move on.

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    Comment number 81.

    @73 'Skywatchman'
    Yes, agree with you regarding Vulcans. A unique aircraft with beautiful lines and a bone-shaking terrifying noise. I loved the Harrier when seen at various displays. Always loved the way the pilots dipped this British designed and amazing, unique and versatile aircraft in a bow to the public at the end of their display.

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    Comment number 80.

    I thought the Concert was spectacular. However, it is time for Paul McCartney to retire gracefully. He was really dreadful and to my horror I see he is performing at the Olympics - please, please cancel his contract!!!


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