LONDON – After the fanfare and attention, the party: Around 22,000 people are expected to arrive in London on Saturday evening for a massive concert, the third day of the historic celebration of the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
It is a time of music, party and a celebration of talents, following the solemnity of religious service that saw the royal family pay tribute to them on Friday in St. Paul’s Cathedral, but after the first day of military parade without the weary 96-year-old monarch. And her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The group Queen + Adam Lambert will inaugurate the concert, held on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace, featuring a 360-degree experience, and American diva Diana Ross, 78, will conclude it two and a half hours later, their first live performance in the UK at 15. for the year.
Among the announced artists and celebrities were Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, composer Hans Zimmer (who notably composed the soundtrack to the 25th James Bond), British singers Ella Eyre, Mabel and Mimi Webb, naturalist David Attenborough, Tennis champion Emma Radukanu, former footballer David Beckham, actress Julie Andrews…
Elton John also recorded a special tribute this evening to celebrate the contributions of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries to music, environmental, sport and musical comedy, a hugely popular, but increasingly absent-minded, 70-year-old. was during the reign. his declining health.
Prince Charles, 73, heir to the crown, and his son William, 39, second in the line of succession, are expected to pay tribute to their mother and grandmother, who plan to watch the concert on television.
Passionate for racing, Elizabeth II was expected to debut on Saturday at the famous Epsom Derby, one of the world’s most prestigious horse races, 30km south of London. But Buckingham Palace said on Friday without further details that she would not go there. The queen, who has difficulty walking, may be represented by members of the royal family.
A joyous parenthesis of patriotic unity in a sea of gloom, the jubilee celebrations last until Sunday, thanks to a four-day long holiday weekend.
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The weather has cooperated so far, with the temperature reaching 22 degrees in London on Friday. But rain is expected in southern England on Sunday, as thousands hold alfresco lunches with neighbors across the country on the final day of festivities.
On Sunday, there will be a large late afternoon televised parade in central London with about 10,000 participating soldiers, musicians, dancers, puppets and other performers. It will end outside Buckingham Palace, where singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, 31, the Queen and Prince Philip, her husband, who died last year, are expected to sing in honor of her famous song “Perfect.”
A symbol of stability in a century of great upheaval, Elizabeth II ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25. She has gone through history with a consistency and dedication that the British, who have known her forever, are grateful. He never expressed any opinion.
Many of those attending the jubilee were aware that this was probably the last time they would see their sovereign, whose succession is slowly being prepared, with his son Charles representing him more and more often.
Despite her declining health, Elizabeth II, bound by the promise she made at age 21, still a princess, has no intention of being obliged to serve her subjects throughout her life, a commitment she made in this regard. The year called again.
But in this period of transition, she also wanted to reassure her subjects.
“I hope that the next few days will reflect everything that has been achieved over the past 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm,” he wrote in a brief message at the beginning. Jubilee Celebrations. A faith that will expand, she hopes for her successors.
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