The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte led the royal arrivals at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee party at Buckingham Palace this evening.
Prince William, 39, and Kate Middleton, 40, brought along their two eldest children as the Royal Family turned out in force for the historic concert in London.
Prince William, 39, and Kate Middleton, 40, brought along their two eldest children as the Royal Family turned out in force for the historic concert in London
Prince Edward was joined by his daughter Lady Louise Windsor at the Buckingham Palace party on Saturday night
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their husbands joined members of the Royal Family at the star-studded concert
Sophie Wessex, elegant in a white eyelet dress, took her seat next to Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne
Prince George looked delighted as he watched the concert with his father the Duke of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge leaned across to speak to her children as the concert got underway outside the palace
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family, centre, led the royal arrivals at the Platinum Party at the palace
Eurovision star Sam Ryder and Diversity’s Ashley Banjo are among the stars praising the Queen’s service ahead of their performances this evening.
The special event will be opened by Queen + Adam Lambert, while soul singer Diana Ross will close the concert, which will be broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evening.
Ryder, who was runner-up in the recent Eurovision song contest while representing the UK, is among the star-studded line-up who will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.
Speaking backstage about the monarch’s 70 years on the throne, Ryder, 32, said he feels it is ‘so selfless to give your entire life to that service’.
He added: ‘How many of us could say that we could do that? It’s breathtaking. The way that she carries herself, it reminds us that strength can be gentle.
‘I think that’s so important, to me all the time. To carry yourself in a way where you’re bringing so many people together in unity and solidarity but doing it with such a subtle kindness.’
The singer revealed that he got the call to do the Jubilee concert while on the bus home from Eurovision last month, which left him feeling like he was ‘overflowing with joy’.
Banjo, 33, will be performing with his dance troupe Diversity during the concert, teasing that in honour of the historic occasion they will be doing ‘something special’ and ‘different’ which reflects across history while also looking to the future.
He also said that to describe the Queen as an ‘icon’ is an understatement, adding: ‘She’s just an extremely special person, such a unique human for the country and the world.’
Brian May said that he hopes the collaboration of Queen + Adam Lambert can ‘pull off something epic’ when opening the show this evening.
The 74-year-old guitarist created a classic moment 20 years ago during the 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations when he performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace’s roof.
Speaking backstage, May said: ‘We’re exceedingly honoured and exceedingly happy to be here, it means a lot to us.
‘We were here 20 years ago for the Golden Jubilee and it’s great to be asked back.
‘And we like to bring something special every time, so we’ll see if we can pull off something epic tonight.’
He added that he does feel a ‘little bit of pressure’ this time around, but noted that the band enjoys the challenge of creating events which will be memorable.
Queen drummer Roger Taylor described the band’s opening set of the Platinum Party at the Palace as a ‘feel-good’ moment to take people’s minds off the misery of covid.
He told the BBC’s Roman Kemp: ‘This is a short feel-good set and we want to bring joy and really kick off the proceedings with a big kick-off.
‘This is a moment of jubilation after all the misery we’ve been through and which we won’t talk about.’
The band’s guest lead singer Adam Lambert praised the Queen’s ‘graceful and powerful presence.’
He told the BBC: ‘We’re ready to go. To be a guest of the United Kingdom for the Jubilee, it’s a huge honour.
‘From what I’ve learned about the Queen, even more so in the last couple of years being an American, [she’s an] impressive lady with a graceful and powerful presence in this country.
‘I’m thrilled, I’m thrilled to be here to celebrate.’
Broadcasters Roman Kemp and Kirsty Young will lead the BBC’s live coverage of the event, which is being broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2.