The Platinum Party of the Palace has begun with a surprise pre-recorded sketch featuring the Queen and Paddington bear.
Kicking off the performances is Queen + Adam Lambert with a rousing renditon of “We Will Rock You” – with the Queen joining in via teacup.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will miss the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday evening, as they celebrate their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday “privately” in Windsor.
Other royal family members are attendance of the star-studded performance include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal, and others will also be there.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that her Majesty watched the major sporting event on television at Windsor Castle, after experiencing “discomfort” following a busy first day of festivities on Thursday.
We hope you enjoyed today’s Platinum Jubilee coverage! We will back tomorrow for the final day of this weekend’s celebrations.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 23:09
Diana Ross closes the show
Dianna Ross closes the show with her best hits as the crowd dance along to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 22:30
Prince William praises Queen’s optimism as he urges action to protect climate
The Duke of Cambridge hailed the Platinum Jubilee concert as full of “optimism and joy” as he praised the Queen for her “hope” in the future of the planet.
Prince William paid tribute to the positive outlook of his grandmother during a segment of the Platinum Party at the Palace dedicated to the environment and featuring Sir David Attenborough.
He echoed the Queen’s words from her speech to the Cop26 UN Climate Change summit, when she said working together in a “common cause” always gave rise to hope.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 22:26
‘You have been there for us’: Charles pays tribute to ‘mummy’ the Queen
Prince Charles has delivered a touching speech for his mother’s 70 years of service to the country.
Standing alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles asked the crowd to cheer loudly enough for the Queen to hear 20 miles away in Windsor.
Heir to throne Charles, told how the Queen had laughed and cried along with the country through the decades, as he hailed her “lifetime of selfless service”.
The future king, who was joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, said, addressing the absent monarch, who remains head of state at the age of 96 despite her mobility problems: “You pledged to serve your whole life – you continue to deliver.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 22:23
Prince Charles gives touching speech for his mother
Prince Charles delivers a speech at the party draws to a close.
He said: “You are the head of state, and you are also the mother.
“My papa would have enjoyed the show and joined us wholeheartedly in celebrating all your continue to do for your country and your people.
“Looking back, you will think of red boxes filled with gvvenemt papers at the end of the day.
“How things have changed, we think of all you who have done to make the commonwealth such an important cause of good. And there was still time for fun amidst the work.
“But I know what really gets my mother up in the morning. It’s all of you, ladies and gentlemen.
“All of you watching at home, represented tonight in this great audience.
“Your Majesty, you have been with us in our difficult times, and you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.
“You have met us and talked with us, you have laughed with us and cried with us. And most importantly, you have been there with us for these 70 years.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 22:12
Duran and Duran and Alicia Keys perform at tonight’s party at the Palace
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 22:00
Prince William makes moving speech about the planet
Prince William makes an impassioned speech about the environment as he also honours his grandmother’s service.
“Our planet has become more fragile. Today, in 2022, as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent. But like her, I am an optimist.
“More and more businesses and politicians are answering the call, and perhaps, most inspiringly, the cause is being spearheaded by a united generation across the world.
“Congratutlations to all of them. They won’t accept the status-quo, they wont accept that change is too difficult to deliver.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 21:53
Sir David Attenborough pays tribute to Queen and natural world
“Today the natural world everywhere is changing and in retreat because of what we are doing to it,” Sir David said.
“We can if we wish begin to restore the natural planet.
“And the Queen and her family have been a crucial part in working for the conservbation of our green planet.”
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 21:45
Alicia Keys devotes her song to the Queen
Alicia Keys sings ‘Girl on Fire’ in honour of the Queen and her 70 years of service to the country.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 21:43
Dame Julie Andrews makes touching tribute to Her Majesty
Dame Julie Andrews makes a touching tribute to the Majesty as she thanks her for Her service.
“You were so young when you ascended the throne,” the Sound of Music star said.
Dame Julie joined other actors and sporting legends Mo Farah and Emma Radacanu in honouring the Queen. e
Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 June 2022 21:36