The party continues to celebrate the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II. After the Trooping the Color ceremony, this Thursday, June 2, then the mass given in his honor at St Paul’s Cathedral and the reception offered at the Guildhall by the Mayor of London this Friday, June 3, the members of the royal family this time gathered for a musical event. Indeed, this Saturday, June 4, a giant concert was organized in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace.
And for the occasion, almost all of the sovereign’s relatives were present. Three of Elizabeth II’s four children were thus installed in the stands: Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence, and Prince Edward and his wife Countess Sophie of Wessex. . Seven of his eight grandchildren were also there, accompanied by their spouses: Prince William and Kate Middleton, Peter Phillips with his new partner Lindsay Wallace, Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi , Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank, but also the youngest, still single, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14.
On the other hand, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not make the trip. As the site people.com explains, the couple took advantage of this day to celebrate the first birthday of their daughter Lilibet. A moment that they wanted to spend in private, with the family.
Elizabeth II absent from the concert given in her honor
A host of stars ignited the public during the gigantic concert organized in honor of the British monarch. Spectators were also able to attend the opening performances of Queen + Adam Lambert, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, the composer of the last James Bond Hans Zimmer, Craig David, or even George Ezra. But the real star of the evening, Elizabeth II, had to once again cancel her visit, due to fragile health. She preferred to watch the concert on television, broadcast live on the BBC. The sovereign, however, reserved a nice surprise for her fans because she made a surprise appearance in a short humorous video broadcast before kick-off, where she has tea with Paddington, the clumsy bear of British children’s literature.
Even stronger than in 2012 with James Bond at the London Olympics…Elizabeth II having tea with Paddington: incredible that at 96 and after 70 years of reign the Queen still manages to surprise us! ❤️ #PlatinumJubilee #PlatinumPartyatthePalace pic.twitter.com/2rsqSIyLSs
— Stefan (@sz83226) June 4, 2022
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Julien Burton