In London, a giant concert and a rain of stars to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II

In London, a giant concert and a rain of stars to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II


Elton John, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli… On Saturday, June 4, the biggest names in the pop or classical scene paraded on stage, in front of Buckingham Palace, for a show closing the third and penultimate 96-year-old Sovereign Platinum Jubilee Day festivities with unparalleled longevity in the UK.

Queen, with Adam Lambert on vocals, kicked off the evening with several of her hits as well “We are the Champions”, in front of 22,000 spectators waving Union Jack flags, as well as Crown Prince Charles and his eldest son William, who came with his wife Kate and two of their children. Tens of thousands of bystanders, without tickets, watched the concert on giant screens in the Mall, a prestigious artery overlooking the palace. “It’s wonderful to be back”Queen’s guitarist Brian May told the BBC twenty years after performing the national anthem “God Save the Queen” perched on the roof of the palace, for the golden jubilee of the sovereign.

But the real star of the evening, Elizabeth II, was absent due to poor health, preferring to watch the concert on TV, which was broadcast live on the BBC. Beloved for her sense of duty and pinch-no-laugh humor, however, she made a surprise appearance in a short comedy video aired before the kick-off, where she has tea with the awkward icon Paddington Bear. British children’s literature.

Symbol of stability

Crown heir, Prince Charles, 73, paid tribute to “Her Majesty” which is also his “Mom”. “Thank you” for this “Whole life spent in the service of others”he said, in front of a playful crowd. “You laughed and cried with us and most of all, you’ve been there for 70 years.”he added, recalling the promise Elizabeth had made, Princess, at the age of 21, of serving her subjects all her life.

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Despite her health concerns, the queen shows no willingness to abdicate, even as she increasingly passes the baton to her eldest son to represent her. His grandson William pleaded for the planet in front of a palace as a backdrop for majestic illuminations. A symbol of stability in a century of great upheaval, the ultra-popular Elizabeth II ascended the throne at the age of 25 on February 6, 1952.

Many pre-recorded tributes were also poured into the evening, with celebrities such as James Bond actor Daniel Craig, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama and pop legend Elton John delivering a moving performance. of “Your Song”. American diva Diana Ross, 78 “Absolutely delighted to have been invited to perform on such an important occasion”put an end to this two-and-a-half-hour evening celebrating the contribution of the UK and the Commonwealth countries to music, the environment, sport and comedy over the past 70 years.

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“Our Last Queen”

A happy break from patriotic unity in the midst of the cost of living crisis, the jubilee festivities last until Sunday, thanks to a long four-day holiday weekend. The queen has so far only appeared on the first day of Thursday, twice acclaimed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

But then suffering from“Discomfort”, she missed religious service in her honor at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. Yet passionate about horses, she also gave up on Saturday to attend the famous Epsom Derby Equestrian Race, which she rarely missed. His participation in the fall of the curtain on Sunday has not been confirmed. Also absent from Saturday’s concert were Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who came from California and chose to celebrate the first birthday of their daughter Lilibet, whom the queen first met.

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On Sunday, rain could ruin the party as tens of thousands of outdoor lunches are planned between neighbors. A grand parade is set to close the late afternoon celebrations in London with some 10,000 participants. It will end in front of Buckingham Palace, where Ed Sheeran is expected to sing his famous ballad in honor of the Queen “Perfect”.

Many of the participants in the jubilee festivities were aware that this might be the last time they would see their sovereign. “She is our last queen.” And I think she’s a wonderful queen. “told Agence France Presse Wendy Flynn, a stay-at-home mom attending a street party in London.

The World with AFP

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