The Diamond Jubilee concert in honor of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth completing her sixty years of reign, lived up to the expectations of tens of thousands of music buffs who had congregated at the Buckingham palace grounds on Monday, June 04, 2012.
Mind-boggling fireworks display at the Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Not only was the palace ground jam-packed but even the streets and parks nearby for the royalists and music fans to get a listen in. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen seated with Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice to take in the show. They were seated just behind Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
The royals’ seat was located in a box high above the crowd of 20,000 invited guests to enjoy the gala music. Many of the attendees were seen waving Union Jack flags. But, guess who was waving most enthusiastically? Well, it was none other than a visibly thrilled Duchess Catherine herself, who was attired in a pretty blue and purple Whistles dress, with an Alexander McQueen jacket thrown on it.
As the concert unfolded it not only rocked, it even made even the royals rock and how, as they listened wondrously to the tunes belted out by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Other artistes performing in honor of the Queen were Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Elton John, Cheryl Cole, Grace Jones and Annie Lenox.
Prince William, Duchess Catherine & Harry
enjoying the Jubilee concert. Image: PA
Despite the bonhomie, the concert was overshadowed by the news of the hospitalization of the Duke of Edinburgh - Prince Philip, 91, early Monday as a precautionary measure because of a bladder infection. However, as the saying goes the show must go on, and it did.
Robbie Williams attired in a military-style jacket in navy blue, kicked off the concert proceedings at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert with a rousing rendition of his hit number ‘Let Me Entertain You.’
Thousands of fans and the royals seemed to be enjoying the song immensely waving their flags enthusiastically in response. Next was ‘Will.i.am’ and ‘Jessie J’ followed by ‘I Gotta Feeling.’ After his performance, Robbie saluted the box where the royals sat beaming.
Earlier at around 9 p.m., comedian Lenny Henry invited the crowd to welcome Queen Elizabeth to the royal box. Her Majesty looked resplendent in a gold cocktail dress studded with Swarovski crystals. Prince Charles and Camilla did the honors of escorting her to her seat.
The highlight of the Diamond Jubilee concert was undoubtedly a moving speech given by Prince Charles who led the nation in thanking the participants and organizers who made the concert happen. Most importantly he thanked “Her Majesty Mummy” and his father. "As a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us, for inspiring us with selfless duty and service and making us proud to be British," declared Charles heartwarmingly.
Expressing his regret that his father couldn’t be there that night due to ill-health, Prince Charles said “Ladies and gentlemen, if we all shout loud enough he might just be able to hear us in hospital,” which prompted a loud roar from the crowd and chants of “Philip, Philip.” It was a visibly moving moment even for an otherwise stoical Queen, who did her best to keep a control over herself.
Charles also expressed his happiness that the rain gods were merciful on the Queen's big day. "Thank god the weather turned out. The reason, of course, was because I didn't do the forecast," he wise-cracked in a reference to his recent attempt at playing weatherman for the BBC. Charles’ speech was followed by the national anthem and a mind-blowing display of fireworks in front of the opulent Buckingham palace adorned with a massive Union Jack flag.
Meanwhile, veteran pop star Paul McCartney paying a touching tribute to the guest of honor said, "The main thing is for me ... is the human aspect. You never realize because we always see them on stamps and money … I have always found her to be very warm and very nice."
The Diamond Jubilee concert concluded with Queen Elizabeth lighting the diamond beacon, joining 4,000 others all over United Kingdom to mark her jubilee. It was one of the most stunning displays of fireworks over central London, which anyone would have ever seen in a long time. According to the Daily Mail, television viewers peaked at a whopping 16.9 million at the show's culmination, as the Queen lit the national beacon, sparking the fireworks.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert Fireworks