Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue without the Queen | News | DW

Queen Elizabeth II was unable to attend the giant pop concert marking her 70 years on the throne of England, but she electrified the crowd nonetheless by appearing in a two-and-a-half-minute film alongside Paddington Bear to kick off the celebration.

“Although the Queen may not be attending the concert in person, she was very keen for people to understand how much it meant to her and that everyone who watched had a great time,” a spokesperson said. of Buckingham Palace.

Two national icons: The Queen surprised everyone by appearing in a short film with Paddington Bear to get the party started

The film opened the concert at Britain’s Buckingham Palace on Saturday night, as part of nationwide celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th reign.

The “Party at the Palace” was the main event of the Platinum Jubilee and took place on the third day of the celebrations.

It is estimated that some 22,000 people attended the concert outside the palace.

Singer Rod Stewart appears wearing a mustard yellow silk sports coat and pinstripe pants, arms wide open and smiling at the crowd

Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart was one of the headliners for Saturday’s celebration

Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen’s son and grandson and next claimants to the throne, both spoke at the event to pay tribute to the record-breaking Queen.

William, speaking about the future and the environment, said he was, like his grandmother, “an optimist”. Charles spoke about his “mom” and her service to the nation before urging the crowd to give her a big thumbs up.

Several musicians performed, including rockers Queen + Adam Lambert, composer Hans Zimmer and Italian singer Andrea Bocelli.

Alicia Keys, Craig David and Eurovision 2022 finalist Sam Ryder were also on the program and performed in front of the roaring crowd.

Crowds, jumbotrons and huge Union Jacks outside Buckingham Palace in England

Tens of thousands of people turned out to honor the monarch and millions more watched the events live on television

A recorded tribute from Elton John was played on the side of the Palace, as was a message from actress Judy Dench and famous footballer David Beckham, who thanked the Queen for her service.

A number of other special guests, including film star Julie Andrews, also offered warm words to the 96-year-old monarch.

The gala ended with a performance by Diana Ross.

Queen absent from Jubilee events on Friday and Saturday

On the first day of celebrations, Thursday, Queen Elizabeth made two appearances. She waved to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace and attended a headlights-lighting ceremony in Windsor.

But she skipped a church service the next day after feeling “some discomfort”, Buckingham Palace said.

The Queen did not attend the Epsom Derby on Saturday – only the fourth time she has missed the prestigious horse race since 1952.

Nor is she expected to attend Saturday’s two-and-a-half-hour party in person.

The celebrations extend until Sunday

Last Thursday and Friday were bank holidays in Britain to mark the event, with longer pub opening hours and street parties.

On Sunday, millions of people are expected to share food at “Big Jubilee Lunch” picnics.

The celebrations will end with Ed Sheeran singing his 2017 hit ‘Perfect’ at a show in central London.

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