Diamond Jubilee Concert gathers 12,000 people
|Prince Charles gives a rousing tribute to her "Mummy"|
More than 12,000-strong crowd gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to witness top-tier performers pay their homage to Queen Elizabeth II during the Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Among the high-wattage performers who enjoyed the rousing adulation of crowds included Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Tome Jones, Elton John, Grace Jones, and Annie Lenox.
Queen Elizabeth II arrived midway, around 9 pm, through the concert and was accompanied to her seat by Prince Charles. Sadly, Prince Philip missed the concert after he was hospitalized with bladder infection.
The Queen was a stunner, wearing an Angela Kelly cocktail dress of gold lame adorned by Swarowski crystals.
In an emotional yet witty speech, Prince Charles praised “Mummy” for ‘the life and service of a very special person.
Prince Charles said: "A Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event, some of us have had the joy of celebrating three jubilees with you, and I have the medals to prove it.
"And we're now celebrating the life and service of a very special person, over the last 60 years.
"I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly, you and my father's lives were irrevocably changed when you were only 26.
"So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us.
"For inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.’
A rousing cheer from the crowd followed, while Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge applauded.
|The concert kick-started with Robbie Williams singing Let Me Entertain You|
|Present-generation performers also graced the once-in-a-lifetime event, including Will.i.am Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran|
|Veteran performers Sir Cliff Richards and Sir Tom Jones wooed the crowd for their immortal renditions|
|Sir Elton John was dressed in a sparkling bright pink coat |
and a black suit and a pair of black trousers as he performed Your Song and dedicated it to the Queen
Cheryl Cole gave a powerful performance, made more interesting
elegant strapless black gown. Together with Gary Barlow,
who introduced her the crowd, she performed a moving
rendition of Need You to Know.
Unusual as ever, Grace Jones took the stage in black and red
outfit all while hoola-hooping while singing
Annie Lennox meanwhile performed while wearing a
shimmering silver gown and angel wings
Leggy lady Kylie Minogue looked like a Pearly Queen of East London
while belting out her biggest hits
Meanwhile, Shirley Bassey gave a belting performance as evening
starts to take the sky
|Sir Paul McCartney gave the closing performance and congratulated |
the Queen for her “60 fantastic years” on the throne