Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Concert Celebration

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Concert Celebration

London : United Kingdom | Jun 06, 2012 at 1:03 AM PDT
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Live and Let Die

It was a night fit for a Queen!

Princess Elizabeth was just a girl of 26 when her father King George VI died on the throne and handed over the reign – albeit an honourary title – over the United Kingdom and her commonwealth countries.

That was 60 years ago. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has seen a great many things come, go, and change over the past six decades including the death of family members and the birth of her first great grandchildren.

Something else that has changed numerous times over the years is the music celebrated by the popular artists of the day. As a part of her Diamond Jubilee ceremonies, the Queen attended a concert that reflected the those decades of music. In an edited time delayed broadcast on ABC of Monday night’s events that included nightly performances and a plethora of fireworks.

The royal family attended the concert with Her Majesty, all but Prince Phillip who was in hospital.

Will.i.am kicked off the celebration proclaiming that, “tonight’s gonna be a good night,” in his song “I Got a Feeling”. British pop sensation and Brit Award winner Jessie J joined Will on stage for the performance.

Welshman Sir Tom Jones serenaded the massive audience who had gathered in front of the royal home Buckingham Palace.

Her majesty arrived dressed not in her typical brightly coloured dresses, but hatless and in black to join her family in the royal box.

Kylie Minogue took the stage next.

After spending some time in the hospital with a respiratory infection, a little raspy Sir Elton John rocked the crowd with performances of “I’m Still Standing”, “You Song”, and “Crocodile Rock”.

Legendary performer Stevie Wonder took the stage to perform “Sir Duke”, a royal version of “Isn’t She Lovely”, and a Happy Birthday “Superstition”.

Eighties British rockers Madness make history by performin not at the Palace, or in the Palace, but ON the Palace roof. The group perform their hit “Our House” and “It Must be Love”.

Sir Paul McCartney pays tribute to Her Majesty with performances of the Beatles hit “All My Loving” and “Let it Be”. And it a pyrotechnic display that rivaled any fireworks display, Sir Paul performed the theme from the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die”. The performances ended with everyone joining Sir Paul on stage for “Life Goes On”.

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Madness perform "Our House" on the roof of Buckingham Palace at the Diamond Jubilee concert for Queen Elizabeth II
Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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