a massive, star-studded concert in London marked the third day of festivities

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Queen Elizabeth watched it on television with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from Windsor Palace. After the Derby in Epson, where she did not attend due to her mobility problems, the sovereign saw a spectacular concert in her honor, on Saturday night, at Buckingham Palace, in her Diamond Jubilee and her 70 years on the throne .

At least 30 members of the British royal family were present but Harry and Meghan were conspicuous absent. They celebrated with the sovereign the first birthday of her daughter Lilibet, in private.

Prince Charles and Prince William paid tribute to the queen as part of the star-studded Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace. The father and son, both future kings, spoke separately in honor of the monarch towards the end of the outdoor show.

All the Royals they were there. In the first row, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her two children, Prince George, the future king, in a suit and tie, and Princess Charlotte and Camilla, the future queen consort.

Prince William and his son George, during the concert this Saturday in London. Photo: AP

Prince Charles and his sister Anne enjoyed the show. Princes Charlotte and George waved British flags. Also present were Prime Minister Boris Johnson and London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labor leader Keir Starmer.

shock and explosion

Millions of people watched it on television. But the Mall, which links the palace to Trafalgar Square, was covered in a sea of ​​British flags. shortly before the square had been evacuated for fear of a bomb. A false alarm resulted, but the police detonated a suspicious car, in the midst of people’s panic.

Another 22,000 special workers were selected to be distributed on those three stages in front of the palace. The Platinum Party to full, in an outdoor show, threatened by a meteorological emergency with rain, hail, lightning and wind. But the worst forecast is for Sunday, when the celebrations end, with a picnic throughout the kingdom and a parade that summarizes the queen’s 70th birthday.

The concert set was distributed on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace. The concert lasted two and a half hours and closed Diana Ross, a soul legend. It resembled the one at the opening of the 2012 Olympics.

A crowd watched the concert live in the center of the British capital, and millions more followed it on TV, Photo: AP

A crowd watched the concert live in the center of the British capital, and millions more followed it on TV, Photo: AP

The queen became an actress

The queen surprised everyone as an actress. A starring role in a sketch having tea with Paddington Bear, that British institution, and showing what she really has in her bag: a jam sandwich (like the protagonist of the famous film).

The great secret of the Jubilee, inspired by his participation with James Bond, in the Olympic Games in London. A two and a half minute sketch to delight and surprise everyone. It was his idea. The sovereign has a great sense of humor and her specialty is mimicry.

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the sovereign saw the return of the rock band Queen, whose guitarist and astrophysicist, Brian May, performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the previous Palace Party in 2002. They were accompanied by singer Adam Lambert.

Queen Elizabeth has tea with Paddington Bear, in a hilarious skit that shocked the British.  Photo: AP

Queen Elizabeth has tea with Paddington Bear, in a hilarious skit that shocked the British. Photo: AP

It all started with We Will Rock You, backed by military drums. The background was images of the sovereign throughout her reign.

Diversity danced through seven decades of music. From The Beatles to now, plus the Bee Gees, One Direction and the Spice Girls. Sir Lloyd Lloyd Weber performed his most famous musicals in London’s West End.

The show was joined by Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow, Sir Rob Stewart and George Ezra who shared the assembly of three stages with Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity. Diana Ross closed the show, in a special concert. Sir Elton John took part in a pre-recorded performance, for health reasons.

Documentary filmmaker Sir David Attenborough, tennis player Emma Raducanu, former footballer David Beckham, actor Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet, Ellie Simmonds also appeared at the event.

absent in the race

The queen did not attend the Derby at Epsom Downs racecourse, where she had not missed in her 70 years on the throne. She was replaced by Princess Anna and her husband and there were vegan protests.

The 96-year-old sovereign is a huge fan of horse racing. But she skipped the 243rd running of the Derby due to “episodic mobility issues”.

The same ones who also forced her to miss Friday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Nothing is known about his presence on Sunday, at the closing of the Jubilee commemorations. His agenda is now built day by day.

Queen Elizabeth, on giant screen in the streets of London.  Photo: REUTERS

Queen Elizabeth, on giant screen in the streets of London. Photo: REUTERS

The Derby honored the monarch with 40 jockeys, who have raced their horses wearing royal silks to form a guard of honour, while parading some of her former racehorses.

William and Kate in Wales

The “hard-working” royal family traveled throughout the kingdom to thank the subjects. The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Northern Ireland to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In Cardiff, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived with two of their children, Charlotte and George, to meet the team behind an anniversary concert, which was held at the city’s Castle.

The presence of the boys was a surprise and their first official mission, the beginning of a long life of Royals.

This Sunday the ceremonies continue with a gigantic picnic throughout the kingdom.

Each neighborhood has organized this patriotic meeting in one of its streets, with its neighbors, Victoria sponge cake, Coronation chicken, plus a Carnival with dresses and cars from the last 70 years of reign.

Paris, correspondent


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