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‘Thanks for making us all so proud to be British’: Prince Charles pays moving and personal tribute to his ‘mummy’ and our Queen at spectacular concert – but there was an empty seat for sick Philip
PUBLISHED: 13:47 EST, 4 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:50 EST, 5 June 2012
- Queen arrived mid-way through the concert and was escorted to her seat by Prince Charles and Camilla
- Prince Charles makes moving speech in which he pays thanks to The Queen and Prince Philip for ‘inspiring us with your selfless duty and service’
- Paul McCartney wishes Prince Philip a speedy recovery after he misses concert with infection
- Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Elton John, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox among those to perform to 12,000-strong crowd
Prince Charles gave a warm, emotional and often witty speech in praise of his mother at the close of the Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Just his opening word – ‘Mummy’ – earned him rapturous cheers from the crowd as the Queen, dressed in a gold lame gown dotted with crystals, looked on plainly delighted.
The pair, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, had minutes earlier made their way down to the stage encircling the Queen Victoria Memorial, to a standing ovation. Celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole jostled to stand as close to the royal party as possible.
The prince gently warmed his audience up by making a joke about the terrible weather for Sunday’s river pageant.
‘If I may say so, thank God it turned out fine!’ he said.
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Prince Charles paid a tribute to ‘Mummy’ onstage at Buckingham Palace after a momentous concert featuring some of the world’s leading musicians – such as Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones and Elton John – in the background
Gary Barlow of Take That, who organised the concert, shares a word with Her Majesty as Shirley Bassey, right, and Cheryl Cole, far left, lead the applause
Loving: The Queen shakes the hand of her son Prince Charles at the end of the Jubilee Concert
Touching: Prince Charles takes the Queen’s hand following the concert
Thrilled: Prince Charles kisses the Queen’s hand much to her delight
He also made a poignant reference to the Duke of Edinburgh who was in hospital, just a few miles away.
PRINCE CHARLES’ TRIBUTE TO HIS MOTHER THE QUEEN
‘I am sure you would want me to thank, on your behalf all the wonderful people who have made today possible. All the performers, the artists, the musicians, the comedians that made such jolly good jokes, Gary Barlow for helping to make the whole thing possible.
‘And all those remarkable technicians all 600 of them behind the scenes without which nothing would happen.
‘And if I may say so Your Majesty thank God the weather turned out fine. And the reason of course is because I didn’t do the weather forecast.
"Your Majesty, millions we are told dream of having tea with you. Quite a lot nearly had a picnic with you in the garden of Buckingham Palace.
‘The only sad thing about this evening is that my father could not be here with us because unfortunately he was taken unwell.
‘But ladies and gentlemen if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital and get better.
‘Your Majesty a Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event. Some of us have had the joy of celebrating three Jubilees with you. And I have the medals to prove it. And we are now celebrating the life and service of a very special person over the last 60 years.
‘I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly, you and my father’s lives were irrevocably changed when you were only 26.
‘So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us.
‘For inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.
‘Proud at a time when I know how many of your fellow countrymen are suffering such hardships and difficulties. Proud to be lining the banks of the Thames in their millions, despite the rain and the cold. Proud to be part of something as unique as the Commonwealth, which through your leadership has given us that essential sense of unity through diversity.
‘So Your Majesty we offer you our humble duty and with it three resounding cheers.’
‘The only sad thing about tonight is that my father cannot be here with us because, unfortunately, he’s been taken unwell.’
And he added to tumultuous applause: ‘If we shout loud enough he might just be able to hear us in hospital.’
Turning to his mother, he paid tribute to ‘the life and service of a very special person’ (although he appeared to make a mistake when he referred to her being 26 when she acceeded to the throne. In fact she was 25.)
Charles told the Queen: ‘A Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event, some of us have had the joy of celebrating three jubilees with you, and I have the medals to prove it.
‘And we’re now celebrating the life and service of a very special person, over the last 60 years.
‘I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly, you and my father’s lives were irrevocably changed when you were only 26.
‘So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us.
‘For inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.’
At this point there were huge cheers from the crowds and many members of the Royal Family applauded, including the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The prince went to say how proud the jubilee celebrations had made the country at a time when so many were suffering from ‘hardship and difficulty’ and paid tribute to the members of the public lining the banks of the Thames on Sunday in the wind and the rain.
As he drew to a close, he led the audience in giving three cheers for the Queen, before kissing her hand affectionately and adding: ‘So Your Majesty we offer you our humble duty and with it three resounding cheers for our Majesty The Queen!’
Sir Paul McCartney, who was closing the concert with three songs, wished the Duke well, saying: ‘We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hear he’s not too bad.’
Take That star Robbie Williams opened the show by belting out one of his biggest hits, the aptly-named Let Me Entertain You.
Performers from the present generation also appeared on stage – Will.i.am Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran.
But it was the veterans Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones who got the crowds on their feet with renditions of classic songs from their repertoire.
Organisers said days before the concert that the Queen would take her seat at around 9pm.
She arrived wearing a stunning cocktail dress of gold lame designed by Angela Kelly under a dark cape.
The dress had sweeping trimmings of antique gold lace and deep olive, and was adorned with Swarovski crystals.
Gary Barlow had said he was performing with a very special guest and Cheryl Cole certainly didn’t disappoint in the style stakes as she stepped out on stage at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert tonight.
The 28-year-old looked effortlessly elegant in a strapless black gown by Polish designer Ewa Minge, which boasted a bodice covered in sequins, a velvet trim and ended with a dramatic layered white and black fishtail.
Cheryl and Gary performed a special, and moving, rendition of Need You Now to the 12,000-strong crowd that had gathered to celebrate outside Buckingham Palace.
It appeared that Cheryl impressed Prince Harry and Prince William who were seen beamed as they watched the show from the Royal box.
Even Kate Middleton, who is formally Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, was seen smiling and waving her flag along to the song.
The duo led the best of British talent performing alongside the biggest names of music including Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey to name just a few.
There was also plenty of help from stars around the Commonwealth including the likes of Kylie Minogue, Will.i.am and Grace Jones.
Robbie Williams kicked off proceedings at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace as the first act to take to the stage in the glorious sunshine.
Explosion: Fireworks over Buckingham Palace mark the end of The Diamond Jubilee Concert
Blazing glory: Crowds stand in The Mall as they watch fireworks rain down above the The Diamond Jubilee Concert stage
Red, white and very blue: The epic finale to the concert lit up the sky
Dazzling display: An incredible scene as orange fireworks clash beautifully with the purple of the stage
Union Flags line the Mall as thousands of dancing fans gear up for the big climax to the show
Stunning: Buckingham Palace is illuminated with projected flowers as Sir Paul McCartney plays at the concert
Spectacular: Fireworks mark the end of The Diamond Jubilee Concert
Incredible: The Mall is completely lit-up by this explosive fireworks display which delighted the thousands of spectators
Bright: Rarely has Buckingham Palace looked as spectacular as this
SEAT NEXT TO THE QUEEN IN THE ROYAL BOX LEFT EMPTY AFTER PRINCE PHILIP WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
They were the best seats in the house for last night’s Diamond Jubilee concert – but poignantly, one remained empty.
While the Queen took her place in the royal box half way through the performance, the seat next to her, which would have been for Prince Philip, went unfilled after he was taken to hospital.
The Queen, in the front row, was wearing a stunning dress of gold lame designed by her dresser Angela Kelly under a dark cape that she has worn for a number of official portraits.
Welcomed: The Queen takes her seat as she arrives in the royal box during the spectacular concert
Invitations to the royal box for the concert had been like gold dust, and it was certainly an eclectic mix who took their seats around the Queen – ranging from princes to archbishops and even a Maori builder.
Seated towards the rear were former Prime Minister Sir John Major and his wife Dame Norma, and Olympic Organising Committee chairman Lord Coe and his new wife Carole Annett. With them was chef Heston Blumenthal, who had created the pre-party food for the Buckingham Palace picnic.
Two rows down was the political contingency – Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha with, at the far end, Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s inscrutable Private Secretary.
A few seats along from them and one row back was Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana’s sister, and her husband Lord Fellowes, the Queen’s former private secretary.
The first three rows of the box were taken up mostly by members of the Royal Family. The third row included: Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel; Princess Anne’s daughter Zara with her former England rugby captain husband Mike Tindall; Zara’s brother Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Viscount Linley and his wife, Lady Serena, with their son the Honourable Charles Armstrong-Jones; and Gary Lewis, who as well as being the son-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester is a Maori builder and sometime sheep shearer. Also in that row were the Earl and Countess of Ulster.
In the second row included the Duke and Duchess of Kent – the duchess making a rare public appearance because she has all but retired from royal life – Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry.
Kate wore a dress from High Street store Whistles with an Alexander McQueen jacket. Dressed in a black coat with her hair in a chignon was the Countess of Wessex with her husband, Prince Edward, next to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.
In the front row were Earl Peel, the Lord Chamberlain; the Archbishop of Canterbury and his son; Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; the Queen; Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall; the Duke of York; and BBC chairman Lord Patten.
JUBILEE FIREWORKS BY NUMBERS
10,000 fireworks were set off
3,000 separate electronic circuits synchronised the display
1 computer launched the entire display
1,000 big mortar shells created the biggest fireworks
2,000kg of black gunpowder filled the big mortar shells
7,000kg was the total weight of the mortar shells
£80,000 is the estimated cost of the fireworks
800ft is the highest point reached by a firework
600 technicians put the entire concert on
1 megawatt of electricity was used – enough to power a small village for an evening
400 was the approximate number of hula hoop rotations Grace Jones, 64, achieved during her 4-minute song
16.9million watched the finale on TV in the UK
82 – the age of Rolf Harris, the oldest performer
20,000 people were in the arena
500,000 people filled The Mall
The Take That star sang his hit song Let Me Entertain You to the thousands of fans who managed to secure tickets to the celebrations.
With Buckingham Palace providing a stunning backdrop Robbie made a dramatic entrance surrounded by military band players.
The singer had donned his own military-style jacket in navy with his initials embellished in gold on his cuffs.
Following his performance Robbie saluted the Royal box where the family sat with the best view of the proceedings.
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The guest of honour, The Queen arrived mid-way through the show and was escorted to her seat by the help of Prince Charles and Camilla.
Her husband Prince Phillip was hospitalized earlier in the day due to a bladder infection so that could have been the reason for her late arrival.
Lenny Henry introduced Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and said: ‘You just missed Tom Jones,’ before pointing up to the palace and adding ‘I mean you live just there’.
Beautiful: The palace was awash with different colours during the celebrations
Pomp and circumstance: Union Flags as far as the eye can see as the concert draws to a close and royals take to the stage
Celebration: The night-sky in London is turned red thanks to the huge firework display
Musical treat: This stunning picture shows Madness performing on the roof of Buckingham Palace
God Save the Queen: Words projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace at the end of the "Party at the Palace" concert
Flag flies above the Mall: Thousands watch the Union Flag raised after the concert finished
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The Queen wasn’t going to let anything spoil the party
HOW I SEE IT BY ROBERT HARDMAN
And the show must go on . . . last night’s sudden hospitalisation of the Duke of Edinburgh at the crescendo of the greatest royal party since the Coronation was, naturally, a cause for royal concern.
But, in public at least, the Queen was not going to let it stand in the way of her party. So nor was anyone else.
As the only monarch in history to receive a gold disc from the recording industry (for CD sales of her Golden Jubilee concert in 2002), she was well on her way to getting another one last night.
With four musical knights (and a dame) of the realm on the stage, Madness singing on the roof and beacons and fireworks filling the night sky, this was certainly one of the most colourful evenings in the long history of a palace that has known one or two.
And another night of teeth-chattering Jubilee conditions did not appear to diminish the Queen’s enjoyment of this great anniversary, whatever her private anxieties.
Like her dogged endurance of the rain on Sunday, this uncomplaining, let’s-get-on-with-it attitude is why she remains by far the most popular figure in public life. Now, no open-air British music venue can command true rock credibility unless it has enjoyed bad weather and a bit of mud.
Paying tribute: Sir Paul told the Queen: ‘May I congratulate Your Majesty on 60 fantastic years’
Sheer madness! The band took to the roof of Buckingham Palace to perform their hit Our House
Awesome: Incredible backdrop for Paul McCartney’s performance outside the palace
Welcome to Our House! Queen Elizabeth II greets British band Madness backstage
Proud to be British: A stunning Union Jack lights up the palace
Doing Britain proud: The setting of the concert was a spectacle in itself and the weather held out to turn into a fine evening to celebrate The Queen’s 60 years on the throne
From day to night: As the night began to fall the TV screens showed Kylie performing on stage
Fortunately for the 18,000 ticketholders – 12,000 of whom were treated to a free picnic in the Queen’s garden beforehand – things were not too bad.
THE PLAY LIST
1.Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You
2. Will.i.am and Jessie J – I Gotta Feelin’
3. Jessie J – Domino
4. JLS – Everybody In Love & She Makes me Wanna
5. Garry Barlow & Cheryl Cole – Need You Now
6. Cliff Richard – Medley including Devil Woman, Wired for Sound and Congratulations
7. Lang Lang – Hungarian Rhapsody
8. Alfie Boe – O Solo Mio
9. Jools Holland & Ruby Turner – You Are So Beautiful
10. Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
11. Ed Sheeran – A Team
12. Annie Lennox – There Must Be An Angel
13. Renee Fleming – Un Bel Di Vedremo
14. Tom Jones – Mama Told Me Not to Come & Delilah
15. Robbie Williams – Mack The Knife
16. Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth band featuring The Military Wives – Sing
17. Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever
18. Kylie Minogue – Medley including Spinning Around, Can’t Get You Out of My Head and All the Lovers
19. Alfie Boe & Renee Fleming (from Palace balcony) – Somewhere
20. Elton John – I’m Still Standing. Your Song and Crocodile Rock
21. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke, Isn’t She Lovely, Happy Birthday, Superstition
22. Madness – Our House, All You Need Is Love
23. Paul McCartney – Magical Mystery Tour, All My Loving, Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Sunday’s deluge was not repeated. Otherwise the royal lawns might have become Palacetonbury.
The Queen did not sit through the entire three-hour repertoire. It was nothing to do with the Duke’s health or the weather. It was the plan that she would arrive after dinner. That way, the atmosphere could build up ahead of the appearance of the real star turn.
So, organiser Gary Barlow put most of the younger, raunchier stuff, including himself, at the top of the show.
Here was the sort of thing we might find, say, in Prince Harry’s iPod rather than the CD compartment of the State Bentley.
There were plenty of duets – Jessie J and Will.i.am were followed by Barlow in tandem with Cheryl Cole. But there was plenty for more senior viewers, including a medley by Sir Cliff Richard – a song from every decade of his career.
As he sang, home movies of the Queen’s childhood flashed up. I bet that hasn’t happened at many pop concerts.
Three decades on from her debut as a major star, Grace Jones put the middle-aged dad-dancers in the crowd to shame spinning a hula-hoop around her waist for the duration of Slave To The Rhythm.
Shortly before 9pm – and just after a burst of Sir Tom Jones – a thumping great ovation greeted the arrival of the sovereign in a gold lamé Angela Kelly cocktail dress under a dark cape.
The roars echoed right down the Mall where another quarter of a million were eavesdropping. It appeared that the Queen might be wearing a discreet pair of earplugs.
She was safely in her place in time for what is rumoured to be her favourite band of the moment – the Military Wives Choir. They, along with the African Children’s Choir, drew some of the loudest applause of the night as they produced a belting chorus of the new Barlow/Lloyd Webber Commonwealth-inspired hit single, Sing.
Set against old footage of a globetrotting Queen touring her realms, it was powerful stuff. I spotted at least one old soldier blinking back a loyal tear.
Other highlights: the Cambridges, Prince Harry and the Archbishop of Canterbury all waving Union Flags in unison to Stevie Wonder’s Superstition; Madness singing Our House – ‘In the middle of One’s street’ – above an animated projection of a council block on the Palace; Macca and the Mall and the Royal Box all swaying to Let It Be; above all, the Queen’s shy smile as the Prince led her on stage – to noisy get-well chants of ‘Philip! Philip!’ – and led the entire nation in three cheers.
What’s more the Queen had shed her cloak. She knew that the moment called for a regal display embroidered gold dress, whatever the temperature. As on Sunday, appearance mattered.
It is often remarked that the Queen’s reign mirrors the lifespan of the Commonwealth. Here was a reminder that it overlaps exactly with the history of pop and rock music.
The first ever UK singles chart was drawn up in 1952, just months after she came to the throne (Here In My Heart by Al Martino was No 1).
So there was nothing incongruous about a pop concert in honour of an 86-year-old sovereign.
Besides, some of last night’s tunes were practically celebrating a jubilee of their own. Sir Paul McCartney’s Live And Let Die is about to turn 40 and Mack The Knife – performed last night by an impishly deferential Robbie Williams – is only two years younger than the Queen herself.
Having got it in the neck for some of its coverage of Sunday’s river pageant, the BBC deserved plaudits for creating an auditorium six times the size of the Royal Festival Hall (and with a weatherproof stage) on top of one of Britain’s best-known landmarks, the Queen Victoria Memorial.
Laughter: Princes William (C) and Harry (R) laugh as they sit with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the Diamond Jubilee concert
In the mood to celebrate! Large crowds thoroughly enjoyed the three and a quarter hour concert
Think pink: Sir Elton John was dressed in a sparkling bright pink coat and a black suit and a pair of black trousers as he performed Your Song and dedicated it to the Queen
What a talent: Stevie Wonder sang a special Happy Birthday song for The Queen and Will.i.am also joined him on stage
Get your hands in the air! Robbie looked dapper in his military-inspired outfit with his initials embellished on his cuffs. The singer told the audience to throw their hands in the air
Simply stunning! Cheryl Cole donned an elegant strapless gown with a huge fishtail skirt as she took to the stage with Gary Barlow at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert
Special treat for the Royals: Cheryl sang Need You Now with Gary Barlow and much to the surprise of fans sang live
Cheryl’s a hit! Prince William and Harry were seen beaming while Kate waved her flag with plenty of enthusiasm
Getting into it: Garry was seen dancing around the stage as Cheryl belted out notes to the song
Double trouble: The Voice judges Will.i.am and Jessie J performed the Black Eyed Peas song I Gotta Feeling and were decked out in red white and blue
Rocking around: Sir Cliff Richard took to the stage in a dusty pink suit whit a diamante tie as he showed off his best moves
Still got it! The 71-year-old singer was seen dancing around the stage with scantily clad dancers
What a spectacle! 12,000 people made their way outside Buckingham Palace and hordes were seen watching the show on the big screens
Queen Victoria herself had disappeared completely beneath what looked like an alien creepy-crawly from a sci-fi movie. Just as well. This was most definitely not Victoria’s sort of night. Beam me up, Albert . . .
Like the music, the crowd stretched across the decades. The 10,000 seats in the amphitheatre had been allocated by computerised lucky dip. There were, in short, all sorts from every region. The standing area in front of the stage – I heard no one at the Palace attempt gig vernacular and call it the ‘mosh pit’ – was full of 8,000 younger guests invited by charities with royal connections.
A song for the moment: Cliff Richard performed his 1968 song Congratulations but said it was written for this very moment
Feeling patriotic: The 12,000-strong crowd were not short of flags
Having a great time: Revellers were seen enjoying drinks as the concert played out
As unusual as ever: Grace Jones didn’t disappoint with her outfit and took to the stage in a black and red outfit and she was seen hula-hooping as she sang
How does she do it: Grace managed to hold her powerful voice while spinning the hoop around her hips
Some VIP guests – including political leaders and the Middleton family – had also been invited to a Palace reception.
The dress code had stated ‘smart casual’. This can be vague enough at the best of times. So what did it mean at the Palace? The Prime Minister, David Cameron, had a tie and V-neck sweater in readiness for a night in the open. Labour leader Ed Miliband, boldly, had neither.
The ladies, meanwhile, preferred to keep the emphasis on ‘smart’ rather than ‘casual’. Everyone inside the compound had been handed a free plastic poncho just in case. Meanwhile, out in the Royal Parks, untold thousands gathered with brollies and Thermos flasks to watch it all on giant screens.
At the end, the Queen ignited the last of the 4,200 beacons erected in her honour around the world and a great pyro-explosion lifted the lid off the Palace, detonated by a burst of Zadok The Priest.
Finally, after another long day, the Queen adjourned to her quarters minus the Duke. But will she have got much sleep?
Quite apart from the crowds partying on into the night around the palace walls, there was an after-party going on in the state apartments.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie took over the grandmaternal pile to throw a thank-you bash for the cast. If we see Prince Harry stifling a yawn at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning, we can safely assume it was a good one.
Feeling the love: Boy band JLS took to the stage to sing their hit track Everybody in Love
Young and old: The audience was made up of all sorts of people from Great Britain and beyond, young and old to enjoy the concert
By royal appointment: The singers took to the elaborate stage with Buckingham providing a spectacular backdrop
Mixed music: Lang Lang took to the piano while British tenor Alfie also performed
What a great day: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen laughing with Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall sat behind them
What talent on stage: Tom Jones and Annie Lennox performed some of their best hits
Like an angel: Annie Lennox had dressed in a glittering silver gown and angel wings
Can’t get you out of one’s head: Kylie belted out her biggest hits
You can’t go wrong with a medley: Pop Princess Kylie performed some of her more recent songs and her old classics in one of the longer sets during the concert
A rear-ly good show: Kylie was seen shaking her famous derriere in a pair of tiny shorts. The petite singer was joined on stage by Britain’s Got Talent dancers Flawless
What a voice! As daylight turned to dusk Shirley Bassey belted out her big band hits
A song fit for a Queen: Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber performed the song Sing they had written especially for the occasion. The Military Wives and African Children’s Choir joined the duo on stage to perform the track
He’s making the effort: Comedian Peter Kay arrived dressed as a Beefeater
Back to normal: The Mall stage is dismantled just hours after the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert
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Nobody does it better !!! I was there on the mall, Amazing !!
– Jennifer Butterfield, lancs , 06/6/2012 13:32
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Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth on her 60 years of reign and service. Congratulations to the organizers and attendees; you all did really good 🙂 Looking forward to the ABC presentation of the concert.
– Abigail, New England, 05/6/2012 21:55
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Cheryl Cole didn’t disappoint? Well, she didn’t disappoint ME – I expected her to show herself as a talentless waste of space who should never have been allowed near this concert, and if anything she exceeded my expectations. After her embarrassing display she should never have been let back on stage for the speeches at the end, and to let her near the Queen was a disgrace.
– Christy Andersen, Newcastle, UK, 05/6/2012 21:30
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The Queen has dignity and grace and I feel she is a better diplomat than any elected President would be. She is neutral and does not sneer like the ex French President did. She is part of history and her ancestors helped shape the UK through laws, land and going off to other countries, which is not a conquering to be proud of, but it is part of British history. I think the Royal family are benign and they do a lot with their charities helping young people, poor people at home and abroad and patrons of charities, but I am sorry they are not what I think of to make me feel proud to be British. They are born in to privilege and wealth and caused death and destruction of nations and to the UK too. I like them though and they bring in money and no one else could look after their historical homes as they do, but to me being proud is about the nation defending freedom, diversity, our talent in many spheres etc. The Queen is a model I hope her heirs look up to though to conduct themselves.
– ann, UK, UK, 05/6/2012 20:52
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Simply the most incredible four days I can remember. Pity the have not’s leaving their republican comments just don’t move to a Country where they can be happy!
– Steve Overy, Battle 1066 Country England, 05/6/2012 19:11
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Surely, Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge, foremerly Kate Middleton? Bit of bias creeping in, with a gratuitous dig at High Street shopping. Daily M… You could at least be neutral – Auntie has onevenoughbto rouse the national ire this week!
– Ian, Thailand, 05/6/2012 19:06
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Liz looks great. Long live Queen Liz!
– SukieTawdry, California, USA, 05/6/2012 18:32
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DM,Prince Charles was correct.The Queen’s coronation took place 59 years ago when she was 26, (2nd June 1953) even though she became queen at 25 after her father died in 1952.
– mee, middlesex, 05/6/2012 18:19
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@- brenda.venables , Cov. West Midlands, 5/6/2012 19:05 But that"s correct – her coronation WAS the following year after she became Queen! Oh, I wish listeners would do their research first before complaining about the researchers, writers and orators!
– I think the Queen rocks, Sydney, Australia, 05/6/2012 18:06
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@ inquiring minds need to know, uk, 5/6/2012 23:02 Prince William DOES indeed have a surname….its Windsor. When the Queen married Prince Phillip, she became a Mountbatten – the name he had adopted in place of his much more complicated name. However on April 9, 1952, Queen Elizabeth officially declared "that I and My children shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor, and that my descendants who marry and their descendants, shall bear the name of Windsor". However, on 8 February 1960, the Queen confirmed that she and her children would continue to be known as the House and Family of Windsor, as would any agnatic descendants who enjoy the style of Royal Highness, and the title of Prince or Princess. Elizabeth also decreed that her agnatic descendants who do not have that style and title would bear the surname Mountbatten-Windsor. Ergo, Princes William and Harry are both Windsor’s – as is Kate. If one must correct someone at least give them the correct info.
– I think the Queen rocks, Sydney, Australia, 05/6/2012 17:20
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