All you need to know about the Queens Platinum Jubilee Party at the Palace
People from across the globe have travelled to London to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this weekend. And, no Jubilee bash is complete without a huge concert outside Buckingham Palace.
The long weekend has finally hit, well, the celebrations in honour of the Queen are about to step up a notch as we prepare for the highly-anticipated Party at the Palace.
There's already been plenty of bank holiday excitement, from Trooping the Colour to a Service of Thanksgiving to the Queen that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson booed by the crowd and two members of the procession collapse.
But, the festivities continue and will culminate this Sunday 5 June with the Platinum Pageant.
Thousands of Brits have raided their wardrobes and take to the streets of London to celebrate music and fashion from their favourite era, in a segment called The Time of Our Lives.
Ed Sheeran is expected to perform in an incredible musical conclusion on Sunday and there is a planned moment for the Queen to return to the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace once again.
But, Saturday night will see more musical artists from across the globe put on their best performances to celebrate our monarch.
However, after the Queen pulled out of the thanksgiving service after experiencing "discomfort" following Trooping the Colour, it is not known whether she will reappear.
The Platinum Party at the Palace will see a huge number of high-profile stars take to the stage in, for some, the performance of their lives.
It's only fitting that Queen and Adam Lambert kick off the historic event as the opening act, 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace for her Golden Jubilee.
And while a bit of We Will Rock You is enough to satisfy the masses, there are a further 17 acts, including the UK's newest Eurovision breakout star, Sam Ryder.
The full lineup for the Platinum Party is as follows:
- Queen + Adam Lambert
- Alicia Keys
- Hans Zimmer
- Ella Eyre
- Craig David
- George Ezra
- Duran Duran
- Andrea Bocelli
- Mimi Webb
- Jax Jones
- Nile Rodgers
- Sam Ryder
Soul legend Diana Ross has the honour of closing the show.
Brian May, of Queen and Adam Lambert, said: “Twenty years after playing The Queen’s glorious Golden Jubilee we’re very happy to be invited again.
"Then there was a moment when I wondered… after Buckingham Palace roof where can you go? Well … you will see!”
Diana Ross, who is back performing in the UK for the first time in 15 years, said: “I have had the honour of meeting The Queen many times throughout my life, including when I was with my family.
“Her Majesty has and continues to be such an incredible inspiration to so many across the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such a momentous and historic occasion.”
Rocket Man Elton John, who you often see at such large-scale national events, is expected to give a virtual performance but cannot attend in person due to his European tour.
Party at the Palace is of course a magnet for celebrities, and we can expect to see appearances from Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, and Ellie Simmonds.
Musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber and American actor/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda will also appear in a special theatrical feature, which will shine a spotlight on cast members from The Phantom Of The Opera, Hamilton, Six and The Lion King.
What time and how can I watch?
The Queen’s Platinum Party at the Palace is due to start at 7.30pm on Saturday and finish at 10.30pm.
Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will be presenting live coverage on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, and the show will also be broadcast live over radio on BBC Radio 2.
Some 22,000 royal and musical are expected to be in attendance at the event, 7,500 of which will be key workers.
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