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Our favourite highlights of the close of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Our favourite highlights of the close of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Day three of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations closed with an extravagant show in front of Buckingham Palace.
 
The Party at the Palace concert kicked off at 8 pm local time, featured a huge line-up with the likes of Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys and Hans Zimmer.
 
Here is a rundown on some of the key moments:
The concert opened with a skit of the Queen sitting down to tea with fellow British icon Paddington Bear.
 
A well prepared Paddington Bear offered the Queen an emergency marmalade sandwich, something he keeps stashed in his hat — but it turned out that was unnecessary, as The Queen also came prepared.
 
Lee Mack's Partygate joke:
Popular British comedian, Lee Mack cracked Partygate joke, following the infamous investigations into a series of parties allegedly held by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at his official residence during the countries strict Covid-19 lockdown.
 
Mack referenced the Partygate affair while on stage, saying:
 
"Welcome to the Platinum Party at the Palace!
 
"We are here right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the party of a lifetime.
 
"And I tell you what, finally we can say the words "party" and "gate" and it's a positive.
 
"That wasn't in the autocue …"
 
Mr Johnson has been urged to resign and was in fact, booed on arrival at the Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service.
 
The Performances:
Queen stunned the audience, with Adam Lambert on vocals.
 
They played We Will Rock You and Don't Stop Me Now, with military drummers adding something extra to the performance.
 
Guitarist Brian May really drove the whole "queen" reference home by popping up above the stage in front of the Queen Victoria statue.
 
Later in the concert, Sam Ryder played Space Man — the song that earned him second place in the Eurovision Song Contest. Of course, tweaking the words slightly, singing "space ma'am" as a nod to the Queen.
 
Drones lit up the sky:
A carefully coordinated drone show took to the sky to produce some rather regal images above Buckingham Palace.
 
Prince Charles paid tribute to 'Mummy' and 'Papa':
 
Future king Prince Charles took to the stage to pay tribute to his mother as images of the monarch were projected on the walls of Buckingham Palace.
 
Joined on stage by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the prince spoke about the monarch's "strength and stay" and said his "Papa", Prince Philip, was much missed.
 
Prince William's speech followed, addressing the crowd with a focus on climate change. He remains optimistic about the future.
 
Images: Getty

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