London – Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace for a star-studded concert where two future monarchs will salute Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday, the third day of platinum jubilee splendor marking 70 years on the throne.
Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen’s son and grandson, are set to address an on-air audience of 22,000 and millions more watching on TV. The event featuring Alicia Keys, the Queen and Adam Lambert will take place in a temporary amphitheater built around the Victoria Memorial outside the palace.
David Beckham and tennis player Emma Radocano are among the attendees, while Diana Ross will wrap up the show with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years. The concert is also expected to feature a pre-recorded performance by Elton John.
The 96-year-old is expected to miss the evening outdoor event, which could catch some rain. The Queen has had mobility problems recently, which the palace describes as “occasional mobility issues”, which have limited her public appearances in recent months.
The news that the Queen couldn’t hold a party on Saturday didn’t dampen the party atmosphere among the crowd.
It’s a magical experience…I’ve been really excited, can’t wait to get there now and start dancing,” said Sam Ahkwim, from Cornwall in southwest England.
The King also chose not to attend the Epsom derby on Saturday. Instead, she was represented at the prestigious annual horse race by her daughter Princess Anne, who showed up at the royal box with her family as crowds cheered and waved Union flags.
The Queen is widely known as a fan of horses and has missed a few times at the Epsom Derby. On Saturday, five of her former horses were paraded, and 40 jockeys who rode the Queen made up a guard of honor before the national anthem was played.
“She has been raising horses for over 60 years. She has lined up part of the course with her fellow jockeys, to the BBC that she knows all bloodlines and has won many races and is very knowledgeable.
“I am sure that today she will find a TV and watch it live, because she loves the derby very much,” he added.
This was the second time in as many days that transportation problems deprived the Queen of the opportunity to see her.
On Friday, the Queen skipped a special Thanksgiving party in her honor at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Palace officials said she had experienced “some discomfort” in the events of the previous day, which included waving to huge crowds from Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered on Friday in St Paul to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since they stepped back from their royal duties and moved to California two years ago.
And in another sign of improving relations, royal Twitter accounts wished Meghan’s daughter Harry and Lillibet a happy birthday. Lilibet turned one on Saturday. She and her older brother, Archie, did not appear during this trip.
The royal family’s account tweeted: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy birthday!”
Meanwhile, other members of the royal family have traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations across the UK.
William and his wife Kate brought two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales ahead of a separate concert on the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.
The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited a 1950s-style seaside amusement park in Belfast. Edward tried his hand at pulling a pint of Guinness in a restaurant, while Sophie participated in a dance show in the 1950s and 1960s.
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