Prince Charles and his eldest son Prince William will take center stage before a crowd of 22,000 to pay tribute to the Queen during a Jubilee concert full of stars tonight.
Both will speak separately in honor of the monarch towards the end of the BBC outdoor show Party at the Palaceto be held in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday night.
British pop, from Duran Duran to George Ezra, organizes a great concert for Elizabeth II’s “platinum jubilee” who, exhausted by the celebrations at 96 years old, must miss what he loves most: horse racing.
Passionate about horse riding, the queen had to attend, within the framework of the four days of celebrations, the 243rd edition of the most prestigious race in the country, the Epsom Downs Derby.
But, after appearing on his feet on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday to open the celebrations for his 70-year reign, he felt “a certain discomfort”, which on Friday led her to cancel her presence at a massive thanksgiving mass.
still tired, he will not attend the races either, later confirmed the royal house. On Saturday morning, the palace released a photo of the queen, wearing a flowered dress, a pearl necklace and a wide smile, participating in a virtual meeting with prize winners in Australia, a member of the British Commonwealth, on her computer.
The monarch’s health has raised concern since doctors ordered her to rest in October and then it was learned that she had spent a night hospitalized to undergo medical “tests” whose nature was never specified.
Since then he canceled his presence in numerous official acts and started walking with a cane. Also she was infected with the coronavirus in February, which in her own words left her “very tired”.
Horses are the queen’s great passionbreeder of thoroughbreds that she makes compete, and during her 70-year reign he has only missed the Derby three times, most recently when it was held without spectators in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In a large tiered space erected in front of Buckingham Palace, three stages were set up linked by walkways to provide a 360-degree experience. Seventy columns of light, representing the 70 years of reign, will illuminate the place.
Over there, some 22,000 people will attend a major pop concert organized by BBC radio and television in honor of the queen in the evening. Almost 8,000 of them will be workers in key sectors during the pandemic, members of the armed forces and volunteers from charities, invited in gratitude for their services.
Iconic figures of British pop and rock will participate, from Duran Duran to Rod Stewart, through Elton John, who will send a performance recorded on video because he is currently on tour. There will also be no shortage of international stars like the American singer Alicia Keys and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Members of the royal family, including prince charles73-year-old heir to the throne, and his eldest son William, 39, will represent the queen and they will pay homage to him.
The organizers also promise some surprises.
The tennis player Emma Raducanuthe former soccer player david beckhamactors Stephen Fry and Julie Andrewswill also appear in this rain of stars, where the British singer of the last Eurovision will not be missing, Sam Ryder.
They will open the more than two hours of show active members of Queentogether with the American singer adam lambertwith a number that promises to be remembered, like the historic appearance of its guitarist Brian May on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the “golden jubilee” concert in 2002.
After being invited, “at one point I wondered what can be done behind the roof of Buckingham Palace? Well… you’ll see!” May launched.
The legendary concert will close Diana Rosswith their first UK live performance in 15 years.
“I have had the honor of seeing the queen many times throughout my life” and “she continues to be an incredible inspiration to many people around the world,” said the American.
The jubilee celebrations, which began on Thursday with a large military march, will end on Sunday with another parade, this one more festive, to stage the 70 years of reign with music and dance. And dozens of picnics and meals in the open air if the expected rain that day does not prevent it.
(With information from AFP)
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