Giant concert, horse racing ... the program for the third day of Elizabeth II's jubilee

Giant concert, horse racing … the program for the third day of Elizabeth II’s jubilee

Some 22,000 people are expected on Saturday night in London for a giant concert celebrating the 96-year-old sovereign, on the third day of the historic festivities of her 70th reign.

It’s time for music, partying and talent celebration for this third day of historic celebration of 70 years of reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

After the solemnity of the religious service who paid tribute to him on Friday at St. Paul’s Cathedral, without the tired 96-year-old monarch, and the first day’s military parade with his appearance on the balcony from Buckingham Palace, some 22,000 people are expected in London on Saturday night for a giant concert.

Queen, Diana Ross, Elton John, Alicia Keys …

The Queen + Adam Lambert band will open the concert organized on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace, creating a 360-degree experience, and American diva Diana Ross, 78, will put an end to it two and a half hours later, her first live performance in the UK in 15 years.

Announced artists and celebrities include Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, composer Hans Zimmer (who composed the soundtrack for the 25th James Bond), British singers Ella Eyre, Mabel and Mimi Webb, naturalist David Attenborough, tennis champion Emma Raducanu, former footballer David Beckham, actress Julie Andrews …

Elton John also paid a special tribute to this evening celebrating the contribution of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries to music, the environment, sports and music, during the 70 years of the reign of an immensely popular queen, but increasingly absent due to declining health.

Tribute to the queen

The prince Charles73, heir to the crown, and his son William, 39, second in line of succession, are expected to pay tribute to their mother and grandmother, who plans to watch the concert on television.

Passionate about racing, Elizabeth II was originally expected on Saturday at the famous Epsom Derby, one of the most prestigious equestrian races in the world, 30 km south of London. But Buckingham Palace said on Friday no other details thanshe would not go there. The queen, who has difficulty walking, could be represented there by members of the royal family.

A happy break from patriotic unity in an ocean of gloom, the jubilee festivities last until Sunday, thanks to a long four-day holiday weekend.

Parade scheduled for Sunday

The weather has so far cooperated, with temperatures rising to 22 degrees in London on Friday. But rain is expected on Sunday in the south of England, as the last day of the festivities includes tens of thousands of outdoor lunches between neighbors across the country.

On Sunday, a large television parade will follow in the late afternoon in central London with some 10,000 participants – military, musicians, dancers, puppeteers and other artists. It will end in front of Buckingham Palace, where singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, 31, should sing in honor of the queen and Prince Philip, her late husband, her famous ballad Perfect.

Declining health

A symbol of stability in a century of great upheaval, Elizabeth II ascended the throne at the age of 25 on February 6, 1952. She has gone down in history with constancy and devotion, including the British, who have always known her. are grateful. She never expressed an opinion.

Many of the participants in the jubilee festivities were aware that this might be one of the last times they would see their sovereign, whose succession is quietly preparing, her son Charles representing her more and more often.

Despite his declining healthElizabeth II has no intention of abdicating, bound by the promise she made at the age of 21, still a princess at the time, to serve her subjects all her life, a commitment she recalled again this year .

But in this period of transition, she also wanted to reassure her subjects.

“I hope that in the coming days we will be able to reflect on all that has been accomplished over the past 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm,” she wrote in a short message at the start of the holidays. of the jubilee. A trust that she hopes will spread to her heirs.

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