Queen Elizabeth drinks tea with Paddington Bear in surprise to appear on screen

Queen Elizabeth drinks tea with Paddington Bear in surprise to appear on screen

Britain entered full celebration mode on Saturday to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne as a “palace party” concert began, featuring a number of stars, including Diana Ross and Andrea Bocelli.

At the concert, the culmination of the third day of public events on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the monarch’s record platinum jubilee, 22,000 ticket holders gathered a purpose-built 360-degree stage in front of the Queen’s residence in central London.

Tens of thousands of others gathered in the city center, while millions watched on television as Queen + rockers Adam Lambert opened the star-studded show with songs “We Will Rock You”, “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “We Are The Champions”. “.

“We’re extremely honored and extremely happy to be here, it means a lot to us,” guitarist Brian May said earlier.

May provided one of the most enduring jubilee paintings of 2002, playing “God Save the Queen” on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

As Saturday’s concert began, the monarch surprisingly appeared on screen, starring in a comic pre-recorded scene sipping tea with a favorite British character from a children’s book and the film character Paddington Bear.

“Happy jubilee, ma’am, and thank you. For everything,” the bear told her.

“That’s very kind,” the queen replied, before the couple started beating the drum with the song “We Will Rock You” on their tea plates with silver spoons.

– ‘Momentous’ –

Legend of Motown Ross – performing for the first time in Britain in 15 years – Italian opera star Bocelli and James Bond composer Hans Zimmer were also due to perform later in the evening.

Ross, who is heading to the Glastonbury Festival this month after Saturday’s concert, said she was “absolutely thrilled to receive an invitation to perform on such an important occasion”.

Crown Prince Charles previously revealed that the disco hit of the 78-year-old diva “Upside Down” from 1980 was one of his favorite songs.

Others who will take the stage are Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, George Ezra and 2022 Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder. Elton John recorded the tribute.

The Queen – the longest reigning monarch in British history – did not personally attend the two-and-a-half-hour event, but watched it on television at Windsor Castle.

On Thursday, the first day of the celebration, she had two public appearances in front of a huge crowd on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and then traveled to Windsor to attend the lighthouse lighting ceremony.

The effort, after months of struggling with walking and standing difficulties, left her in “some discomfort,” Buckingham Palace said.

She retired from the church Thanksgiving service on Friday and missed the Race Exhibition in The Plains The Derby Saturday, only for the fourth time since 1952.

– ‘It binds us’ –

Charles, 73, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39, joined other dignitaries in the royal box to watch the concert and were expected to address the audience.

But Prince Harry and his wife Megan, who sensationally left the British royal family in California in January 2020, but are coming to visit on the occasion of the jubilee, were noticeably absent.

It was the birthday of their second child, Lilibet, on Saturday, and the queen wished her namesake great-granddaughter a “very happy first birthday” on Twitter after allegedly meeting her for the first time in recent days.

The jubilee celebrations began on Thursday with the pomp and splendor of the military parade Trooping the Color, which marked the official birthday of the sovereign.

The focus of Friday was a traditional service of the Church of England led by senior members of the royal family – both the returning Prince Harry and his wife Meghan – in the holy setting of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Britain declared Thursday and Friday public holidays to mark an unprecedented milestone in the Queen’s rule, which drew attention to the future of a monarchy without her.

Longer working hours of pubs, street parties and other celebrated events have temporarily removed the darkness of the growing crisis of the cost of living.

“I’m proud of Britain and it’s nice to be able to celebrate,” London bus driver June Davis said in Windsor on Saturday to enjoy the atmosphere.

“The Queen is a constant thread throughout all our lives, she connects us all.”

On Sunday, millions of people will share food at the “Great Jubilee Lunch” picnic and participate in a musical and creative public selection with 10,000 actors.

Ed Sheeran will round out the celebration on Sunday, singing her 2017 hit “Perfect” … AFP

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