LONDON – Many stars, including the legendary British group Queen, thronged London on Saturday for a huge concert celebrating the historic 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, but in the absence of a tired sovereign.
Rod Stewart, Alicia Kiss, Andrea Boseli, Duran Duran … After pomp and reflection, the biggest name in parade pop / rock or classical scene on stage in front of the gate of Buckingham Palace, the third and 96-year-old Sovereign Platinum Joy Day , Whose longevity is unequal in the United Kingdom.
The Queen + Adam Lambert started the evening, punctuated by numerous tributes, with “We Will Rock You”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, then “We Are The Champion” waving the Union Jack flag in front of 22,000 spectators, as well as Crown Prince Charles and his eldest son William. As, who came with his wife Kate and their two children, who also had pennants.
Thousands of spectators, without tickets, followed the concert to the huge screen of the mall, a dignified artery that overlooks the palace.
“It’s wonderful to be back,” Queen guitarist Brian May told the BBC, after 20 years of serving the national anthem “God Save the Queen” on the rooftops for the golden jubilee of the sovereign.
The real star of the evening, however, Elizabeth II, was absent due to fragile health, preferred to watch concerts on television, and broadcast live on the BBC.
– Paddington Beer –
Favorite for his sense of duty and deadpan humor, yet he made an amazing appearance in a short comedy video released before the kick-off, where he was having tea with the game’s inexperienced icon Paddington Beer. British children’s literature.
“Happy jubilee, ma’am, and thank you for everything,” she told him. “It’s so beautiful,” she replies, taking a toast with orange jam from her integral handbag that her guest likes, before tapping the rhythm of “We Will Rock You” into her porcelain cup with her silver spoon.
Although passionate about racing, Elizabeth had already given up the famous Epsom Derby horse race 30 kilometers from London, which she rarely missed. She is represented there by her daughter, Princess Anne.
He had already missed church service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, experiencing ‘discomfort’ on the first day of Thursday’s celebration when he appeared on the porch of Buckingham Palace, bright but weak, leaning on a cane, marching for the military.
Among those missing on Saturday were Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who came from California to attend the jubilee, but who chose to celebrate their daughter Lillibet’s first birthday in private, with whom the Queen met for the first time. .
– Happy brackets –
American diva Diana Ross, 78, “is delighted to be invited to perform at such an important event” as the two-and-a-half-hour evening celebrates the contribution of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries to music. , Environment, sports and musical instruments in the last 70 years.
A joyous brace of patriotic unity in the crisis of life, the jubilee celebration lasts until Sunday, thanks to a long four-day holiday weekend.
The weather has cooperated so far. But rain is expected on Sunday, when several thousand outdoor lunches are planned among neighbors.
A large parade with about 10,000 participants should end the celebration in London at the end of the afternoon.
It will end in front of Buckingham Palace, where Ed Sheeran will sing in honor of the Queen and Prince Philip, her husband who died last year, her famous ballad “Perfect”.
A symbol of stability in the great coup of a century, Elizabeth II ascended the throne on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25. He went through history with a perseverance and dedication for which the British are grateful to him.
Many who attended the jubilee celebrations were aware that this was the last time they would see their sovereign.
“It’s our story and we’ll never see it again, because obviously next time she’s going to be a king, she’s our last queen. And I think she’s a great queen,” Wendy Flynn told AFP. London.