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Buckingham Palace coronation gigs confirm line-up

Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins
Image caption Tickets for the three three evening shows have now sold out

Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and The Feeling are among the artists who will play in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in July to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

The three shows, which have already sold out, will be staged before an audience of 6,000 guests each evening.

Students from the Sylvia Young Theatre School and members of the National Youth Orchestra will also feature.

According to organisers, the shows will be broadcast on TV and radio.

Tenor Watson said he felt "very lucky indeed" to be invited to participate.

""I'm pretty sure when I was growing up in Salford as a lad that if anyone had said to me I'd be singing at three shows for Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace, I'd have thought they were mad."

Image caption Dame Kiri said she was "honoured and thrilled"

The Fanfare Trumpeters from the Household Division will open the shows, while a series of scenes will celebrate the music of the Commonwealth and reflect the UK's role in pop music since the 1960s.

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company and East London Dance will also appear.

Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who will perform the national anthem, said she was "honoured and thrilled" to be opening the concerts.

Tickets are still available for the day events, where visitors will be able to explore the gardens and watch live cooking demonstrations.

The festival will be open to members of the public from 12 to 14 July.

It will be preceded by an invitation-only preview on 11 July for members of the Royal Family, charity representatives and guests from the Armed Forces.

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