Jubilee: The Queen, a bear and lots of music

Watch the video: The Queen, a bear and lots of music – the big party in front of Buckingham Palace

STORY: Stars including the band Queen, Sir Rod Stewart and Diana Ross performed at a concert outside Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday. The occasion: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen herself was not in attendance, but younger members of the royal family were in the audience, including Queen’s great-grandson Prince George, who enthusiastically waved a flag and sang along. His grandfather, Prince Charles, paid tribute to his mother in an emotional speech and thanked her for her 70 years of service. During his speech, projections of images from the Queen’s life were projected onto the walls of the palace. The monarch herself had previously opened the celebrations with a pre-recorded sketch – featuring the popular children’s book character Paddington Bear. In the video, the 96-year-old monarch takes her tea with the bear and reveals what she keeps in her purse. The Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations began on Thursday with a military parade and a Royal Air Force flyover. Due to limited mobility, the Queen was forced to cancel her attendance at some of the Jubilee celebrations, including a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Another parade is now scheduled to take place on Sunday, on a route commemorating the parade at her coronation. Elizabeth had acceded to the throne at the age of 25, following the death of her father George VI. That was in 1952. The coronation followed the following year.

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