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Ticket holders queue for up to 12 hours ahead of star-studded Party at the Palace TONIGHT

Jimie 2022. 6. 5. 04:01

Senior royals set to gather at Buckingham Palace for special Party in the Palace concert for Queen's Platinum Jubilee – but Harry and Meghan will not attend after spending day 'privately' celebrating Lilibet's first birthday

  • Thousands of excited music fans started queuing early this morning in anticipation for the Party at the Palace
  • Concert is the highlight of the third day of public events to mark Queen's record-breaking Platinum Jubilee
  • Music acts expected to perform include Diana Ross, Elton John, Queen with Adam Lambert and George Ezra
  • Pictures showed long, snaking queues with fans enjoying the festive atmosphere in the capital this evening
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service


PUBLISHED: 02:32 AEST, 5 June 2022 | UPDATED: 04:38 AEST, 5 June 2022


The Royal Family will be out in force this evening along with tens of thousands of fans at the star-studded Party at the Palace event - but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be missing.

The concert is the highlight of the third day of public events to mark the 96-year-old monarch's record-breaking Platinum Jubilee with 22,000 people set to attend in person outside Buckingham Palace.

Motown legend Diana Ross, performing for the first time in Britain in 15 years, is a star attraction at the event, to be held on a purpose-built 360-degree stage outside the queen's central London residence.


Among the royal attendees at Saturday's star-studded live Jubilee concert, staged in front of Buckingham Palace, will be the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Charles and Prince William will take centre stage in front of a crowd of 22,000 to pay tribute to the Queen during the star-studded Jubilee concert.

The father and son - both future kings - will speak separately in honour of the monarch towards the end of the BBC's open-air Party at the Palace show, staged in the front of Buckingham Palace.

Clarence House and Kensington Palace announced both Charles and William would address the crowds at the high profile event, which falls on the third evening of the four-day Jubilee festivities.

But Harry and Meghan, whose daughter Lilibet is celebrating her first birthday, will not be among those in the royal box.

A spokesperson for the couple, who stepped down as senior royals in 2020, said they were spending the day privately.

Others expected to be out in force to watch acts including Diana Ross and Alicia Keys are the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

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Buzzing atmosphere: Crowd arriving before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace

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Excited ticket-holders queued for up to 12 hours before tonight's star-studded Platinum Party at the Palace, enjoying a festive atmosphere despite the long wait. Pictured: The crowd arriving before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace

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Members of the public on The Mall before the start of the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace, London

Anne's son Peter Phillips is expected to be joined by his children Savannah and Isla, while Zara and Mike Tindall, who spent the day at the Epsom Derby with Anne and Sir Tim, will also be there.

Who is performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace?

The star-studded line-up for this evening's Party at the Palace is as follows:

Queen + Adam Lambert

Jax Jones


Stefflon Don


Craig David

George Ezra

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

Mimi Webb

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Sir Elton John


Sam Ryder

Sir Rod Stewart

Andrea Bocelli

Duran Duran

Nile Rodgers

Alicia Keys

Hans Zimmer


Sigala & Ella Eyre

Mica Paris

Diana Ross


The Queen's cousins - the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent - with the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Michael of Kent - and Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto and her family are due to attend, along with a number of other extended family members.

Eurovision star Sam Ryder and Diversity's Ashley Banjo are among the stars praising the Queen's service ahead of their performances this evening.

The special event will be opened by Queen + Adam Lambert, while soul singer Diana Ross will close the concert, which will be broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evening.

Ryder, who was runner-up in the recent Eurovision song contest while representing the UK, is among the star-studded line-up who will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.

Speaking backstage about the monarch's 70 years on the throne, Ryder, 32, said he feels it is 'so selfless to give your entire life to that service'.

He added: 'How many of us could say that we could do that? It's breathtaking. The way that she carries herself, it reminds us that strength can be gentle.

'I think that's so important, to me all the time. To carry yourself in a way where you're bringing so many people together in unity and solidarity but doing it with such a subtle kindness.'

The singer revealed that he got the call to do the Jubilee concert while on the bus home from Eurovision last month, which left him feeling like he was 'overflowing with joy'.

Banjo, 33, will be performing with his dance troupe Diversity during the concert, teasing that in honour of the historic occasion they will be doing 'something special' and 'different' which reflects across history while also looking to the future.

He also said that to describe the Queen as an 'icon' is an understatement, adding: 'She's just an extremely special person, such a unique human for the country and the world.'

Brian May said that he hopes the collaboration of Queen + Adam Lambert can 'pull off something epic' when opening the show this evening.

The 74-year-old guitarist created a classic moment 20 years ago during the 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations when he performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace's roof.

Speaking backstage, May said: 'We're exceedingly honoured and exceedingly happy to be here, it means a lot to us.

'We were here 20 years ago for the Golden Jubilee and it's great to be asked back.

'And we like to bring something special every time, so we'll see if we can pull off something epic tonight.'

He added that he does feel a 'little bit of pressure' this time around, but noted that the band enjoys the challenge of creating events which will be memorable.

Broadcasters Roman Kemp and Kirsty Young will lead the BBC's live coverage of the event, which is being broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2.

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George Ezra hailed the Queen's 70-year reign as sovereign as 'admirable' and 'mindblowing' ahead of performing this evening

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Eurovision star Sam Ryder has said the manner in which the Queen carries herself 'reminds us that strength can be gentle'

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Born to perform: Queen + Adam Lambert will open the BBC's Platinum Party At The Palace concert with a special performance

Reflecting on the Queen's reign, Kemp, 29, said: 'People don't understand the actual service that gets put in sometimes, I think.

'Over that amount of time, the things that she's done for the country, in terms of bringing awareness to certain causes, bringing awareness to things that need to be shouted about and being able to back it up, whether it be finances or press or whatever, it's been amazing.'

He also noted the tourism that the monarch brings to the UK, adding: 'She basically travels to countries all around the world showing who we are as Brits and that's something that should never be snubbed and it should be celebrated.'

The Royal Ballet will also feature during the special concert, with ballet dancer Lauren Cuthbertson saying it is 'the most incredible feeling' to have been selected to perform in honour of the Queen.

The concert, being held outside Buckingham Palace, also features performances from Duran Duran, Craig David, Alicia Keys and Sir Rod Stewart.

Other famous faces from the worlds of sport, stage and screen who are part of the event include Sir David Attenborough, tennis star Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews, with the evening also featuring a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John.

George Ezra hailed the Queen's 70-year reign as sovereign as 'admirable' and 'mindblowing' ahead of performing at the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace concert.

The singer, 28, said he feels 'very flattered' to be among the line-up, noting that this event will rank in his career highlights alongside playing the main stage at Glastonbury.

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Ashley Banjo, Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo of Diversity attend the BBC Platinum Party at Palace backstage press room, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II

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A look at what's coming: Nile Rodgers took fans behind-the-scenes of the the Queen 's Platinum Jubilee Party on Saturday

Nile Rodgers poses in front of Buckingham Palace ahead of concert

Reflecting on the Queen's reign backstage at the event, Ezra said: 'I was watching the other day a clip that kind of showed every prime minister that she has worked with, and this is my ignorance, but I just hadn't realised how far back it was.

'And then when we think about the fact that this is the 70th Jubilee, that's unbelievable because of course in my life, she will have always been the monarch.

'I think it's admirable, I think it's mind-blowing actually.'

Andrea Bocelli has said that when he previously met the Queen, he thought she was 'very smart' and 'kind'.

Speaking backstage at the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace concert, the Italian operatic tenor, 63, said that he also really liked the monarch's accent.

Excited ticket-holders have queued for up to 12 hours before tonight's star-studded Platinum Party at the Palace, enjoying a festive atmosphere despite the long wait.

Many in the long line of people couldn't wait for the party to start as they wore Union Jack hats, waistcoats and dresses in the Green Park sunshine near Buckingham Palace.

The front-runners in the buzzing crowd of fans were Gerry and Mandy Haines from Hornchurch, Essex, who raced to the front of the 15,000-strong queue at 7.30am.

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The Party at the Palace will be set on three stages in front of the Queen's London residence. Soul legend Ross will close the two-and-a-half hour show with her first UK live performance in 15 years

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Pictured: Michelle White, from Bournemouth (left) and (right) Denise Holdsworth and Samantha Short join the queue

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Teenager Samantha Gee arrived six hours before the gates are due to open, having travelled all the way from Folkestone

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Pictured: Paul and Sam Hacquoil of Newquay, Cornwall, arrived at 10am and described it as 'a once in a lifetime' experience

'We want to see Queen and Adam Lambert, the opening act,' said Gerry, 65. 'We'd also like to see the other Queen of course, but I don't think she'll be there tonight.'

Added Mandy, 48, wearing a 'Bri-Army' T-shirt: 'I love Queen and Brian May, but I also love the real Queen, she's done a great job all these years and we're overjoyed to be here to celebrate.'

As she spoke, Queen could be heard rehearsing in the background, with the strains of We Will Rock You clearly discernible more than 100 yards away.

Samantha Gee, 16, from Folkestone, Kent arrived about 10am – six hours before the crowd were allowed through to their seats at the open-air event.

'I'm a massive fan of Queen and Adam Lambert but I just wanted to be here really,' she told MailOnline.

The free tickets for the event were given to 22,000 lucky ballot winners, including 5,000 key workers.

One couple there several hours ahead of the event was David Hitchins and his wife, from Guildford in Surrey.

Mr Hitchins, a contractor, said: 'I was gifted two tickets after I raised over £25,000 for the NHS. We're so excited to be here and I'm very proud of what I've achieved.'

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Keen: Gerry and Mandy Haines (pictured) from Hornchurch, Essex, raced to the front of the 15,000-strong queue at 7.30am

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Pictured: Members of the public in Green Park before the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace

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Excited crowds: Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday evening

Also waiting was Shane, 32, originally from Austin, Texas, who has been living in London for nearly four-and-a-half years.

He said being here and living in London over the Queen's Jubilee is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience.

He said: 'Being from America this is something totally different - we would never get this. It feels like a country-wide holiday and to have such a sense of community in such a big place, it's just incredible to embrace this moment.'

Jubilee partygoers Mandy and Malcolm Tipple said they travelled from their home in Lincolnshire for Party at the Palace because they wanted to celebrate being British.

The couple wore Union Jack flags and matching face paint for the Buckingham Palace concert.

Mr Tipple, 65, said: 'It's fantastic. I'm ex-military and I've followed the Queen all my life.'

Mrs Tipple, 59, added: 'I'm just proud to be British, so to be here for this is a dream come true.'

Lucy Morris, 39, and her son Lucas Wainwright, 14, travelled from Durham in north-east England for Party at the Palace - which the teenager described as 'the best thing of my life'.

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British Eurovision star Sam Ryder rehearsing outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the BBC's Party at the Palace concert

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Lucas, who had swapped his prosthetic leg to a 'Jubilee-style leg' patterned with Union Jacks for the occasion, said: 'It's an honour to be here.

'I'm looking forward to seeing the royals come out.

'They're connected to God, they're here to lead us as a country, as a nation. I think that's very important.'

Paying homage to the rock band Queen, who will be performing at the concert, Ms Morris said: 'He's hoping to see the Queen, whereas I'm hoping to see the other Queen.'

Future kings the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge were planning to take to the stage to pay public tributes to the Queen during the three-hour concert.

Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, George Ezra, and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder were among the celebrity acts preparing to entertain the live crowd and a television audience of millions.

Denise Holdsworth, 57, from Bradford, W. Yorks said George Ezra was the big attraction for her, but added: 'It will be lovely to see Prince William as well.'

George Ezra has tweeted ahead of his performance this evening, writing: 'Here's something I never imagined myself saying... I'm playing at Buckingham Palace tonight for the Queen's Jubilee!!

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Excited ticket-holders queued for up to 12 hours before tonight's star-studded Platinum Party at the Palace and enjoyed a festive atmosphere despite the huge snaking queues full of expectant fans hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime show this evening

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Revellers arrive at The Mall to attend the jubilee concerts which will be held outside Buckingham Palace as part of the four day platinum jubilee celebrations

'[T]une in to Platinum Party at the Palace from 7.30pm on BBC One for a huge evening of music and celebrations'.

Samantha Short, 43 from Gloucester said: 'It's just amazing to be here on such a special occasion. Even the queueing has been enjoyable, with everybody laughing a joking – the party's already started!'

Both women were wearing Union Jack dresses and met in the queue for the event, which snaked throughout the park as far as Green Park Tube station.

Paul and Sam Hacquoil from Newquay, Cornwall, were also among the early birds, arriving at 10am.

Hospitality executive Paul, 50, said: 'We wouldn't have missed this event for the world – it's once in a lifetime.'

Sam, 54, a property services manager, added: 'The atmosphere is amazing and I'm really looking forward to seeing William and Kate.'

Fabricator John Jackson, 61 from Sheffield, said he'd been on 'Cloud Nine' since hearing that he and his wife Nerys had won tickets.

'I was so made up when we got the email,' he said. 'It's like a fairytale.'



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