Duran Duran and Diana Ross will give a gigantic concert

After pomp and meditation, the party: Duran Duran, Queen + Adam Lambert and Diana Ross will ignite the crowds on Saturday night in London during a gigantic concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II with a shower of stars on the third day of historic celebrations to mark his 70th birthday. year reign.

Prince Charles, 73, heir to the crown, and his son William, 39, second in line to the throne, will arrive there in front of 22,000 spectators to pay homage to the ailing 96-year-old monarch, who was scheduled to watch the concert on TV.

As enthusiastic as she was, the Queen, who has trouble walking, abstained from going to Saturday’s famous Epsom Derby horse race, 30km from London, which she rarely missed. She is represented there by Princess Anne.

She was already absent from Friday’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral in her honor after suffering “discomfort” on the first day of Thursday’s celebrations, when she appeared radiant but frail on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with 17 members of the royal family for the military parade and flyover. In the evening she had appeared briefly at Windsor Castle for the anniversary lighting.

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Saturday night’s televised concert, taking place on three stages outside Buckingham Palace, will be opened by the group Queen + Adam Lambert. American diva Diana Ross, 78, “absolutely delighted to have been asked to perform on such an important occasion,” will finish two and a half hours later, her first live performance in the UK in 15 years.

Among the artists and celebrities announced are Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, the composer Hans Zimmer (who notably composed the soundtrack of the 25th James Bond), the British singers Ella Eyre, Mabel and Mimi Webb, the naturalist David Attenborough, tennis champion Emma Raducanu, former footballer David Beckham, actress Julie Andrews…

Elton John also recorded a special tribute for the evening, broadcast live by the BBC, highlighting the UK and Commonwealth countries’ contribution to music, environment, sport and musical comedy during the 70-year reign of an immensely popular but increasingly absent, Queen.

On Friday, the service in Saint-Paul brought together around 2,000 people, including 50 members of the royal family, with millimeter choreography. Not a gesture, not a smile, not a look was exchanged between Princes Charles, William and Harry, for whom it was the first appearance with his wife Meghan within the royal family in two years. Since an interview on American television last year in which the California-based couple criticized the royal family, the three men have been almost without relationships.

On Saturday, however, the Queen, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, William and his wife Kate took to Twitter to wish Lilibet, Harry and Meghan’s daughter who is meeting the Queen for the first time, a happy first birthday.

A joyful brace of patriotic unity in a sea of ​​darkness, the anniversary celebrations last through Sunday thanks to a long four-day holiday weekend.

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The weather has played along so far. Rain is expected on Sunday, however, when tens of thousands plan al fresco lunches between neighbors.

A large television parade was to conclude the celebrations in London in the late afternoon with around 10,000 participants – soldiers, musicians, dancers, puppeteers and other artists. It ends in front of Buckingham Palace, where Ed Sheeran was supposed to sing his famous ballad “Perfect” in honor of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

A symbol of stability in a century of upheaval, Elizabeth II ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25. She has walked through history with a steadfastness and dedication for which the British are grateful. She never expressed an opinion.

Many participants in the anniversary celebrations were aware that they might see their ruler, whose successor is quietly preparing, for the last time, increasingly represented by her son Charles.

Despite her declining health, Elizabeth II has no intention of abdicating as she is bound by the promise she made as a princess at age 21 to serve her subjects throughout her life.

In this transitional period, however, she wanted to encourage them: “We look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm,” she wrote to them at the start of the anniversary celebrations.

AFP


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