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The anniversary celebration continues! After marking 70 years of the Queen’s reign with a parade, a service and a royal tour of the nations of the United Kingdom, the Royal Family head to a concert tonight: the Platinum Party at the Palace. Tonight’s event features an all-star lineup. Notably, the show will be opened by Queen and Adam Lambert and closed by superstar Diana Ross, performing live in the UK for the first time in 15 years.
“I’ve had the honor of meeting the Queen many times throughout my life, including when I’ve been with my family,” Ross said in a statement. “Her Majesty continues to be an incredible inspiration to so many around the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such a momentous and historic occasion.”
Other performing musicians include Sir Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Duran Duran, Craig David and Andrea Bocelli. Other celebrity appearances teased ahead of the event include Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham and Dame Julie Andrews.
While the Queen herself will not be attending, several family members will be in attendance including Princes Charles and William who will deliver speeches, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Princess Anne, the Wessexes and many other relatives. The Sussexes do not appear to be at the party tonight. Today is her daughter Lili’s first birthday and it goes without saying that they are spending the day privately.
Here are the best photos from the event.
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A scene of the crowd before the party starts.
It was a big day for the Cambridge kids! After traveling to Wales with their parents this morning, they were allowed to attend the concert tonight.
Here’s a candid shot of Kate talking to her kids. While George seems extremely excited, Charlotte seems almost a little overwhelmed.
Here she looks a little more excited!
Prince George, Prince William and Camilla are seated for the show.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex sat for the concert alongside Princess Beatrice, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Savannah Phillips.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor react during the Platinum Party.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson are seated
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wave to the crowd while Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank look ahead.
Eugenie and Edo laugh.
The crowd watches a film of Queen Elizabeth II having tea with Paddington Bear on a big screen
Camilla, Charles and Anne laugh.
Queen’s Brian May performs in front of a rather serene statue of Queen Victoria.
Adam Lambert performed with Queen.
Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton was seen in the crowd.
As did Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
A few weeks ago, at the Met Gala, Lin Manuel Miranda hinted at a surprise anniversary project with Andrew Loyd Webber.
Actors from the musical Phantom of the Opera performed.
Just like actors from the musical Hamilton.
A patriotic moment for the Cambridges during Rod Stewart’s performance.
British singer Mabel performs on stage.
Kate shares a moment with Princess Charlotte.
British singer Mimi Webb.
Another view of the huge crowd that has gathered to enjoy the music.
William and Camilla share a moment.
Alicia Keys waves to the audience after the performance.
A scene of the crowd waving the Union Jack.
Camilla waves to the crowd after Charles’ poignant tribute to his mother. Read the whole speech here.
A corgi-inspired drone light display.
The last actress of the evening: Diana Ross!
A breathtaking play of light at the end of the night.
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