What a night it has been celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with an incredible concert in front of Buckingham Palace, after a busy day for the royals.
The show-stopping event included speeches from Prince Charles and Prince William, as well as performances from pop royalty, including Diana Ross.
The 96-year-old monarch has been experiencing mobility problems and wasn’t in attendance at the evening event, but the music boomed so loudly it was an evening to be enjoyed by all around the UK.
Thousands had tickets, and others filled The Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace and waved Union Jacks in celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
The packed show was broadcast on BBC, but for those who missed the incredible concert, here are some moments you won’t want to have missed…
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Queen’s surprise Platinum Jubilee comic sketch
The Queen appeared in a surprise comic sketch with Paddington Bear to mark the start of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty was seen sitting across the table from the adorable toy to enjoy some tea and treats, but it soon turned into chaos as the accident-prone fan-favorite character drank all the tea.
The sketch started with a royal staff member carrying a tray into a room where the Queen and Paddington Bear are sat waiting.
The beloved bear then reached for the teapot and drank the majority of its contents before offering the monarch some. When she gestured for it, they realised there was only a drop left.
The clip ended with the pair both tapping to the beat of We Will Rock You as Queen’s song began at the concert.
Prince William teaches George about cufflinks
Royal fans saw a sweet father-son moment between Princes George and William as the doting dad showed his eight year old son how to wear cufflinks.
Prince William, Kate Middleton and their two eldest children George and Charlotte, six, promptly arrived at this evening’s Party at the Palace.
As the family sat down in their front-row seats the camera panned across the many faces in the Royal box, and showed William chatting to his eldest son and demonstrating how to wear the smart attire staple.
While William chatted to George, before the family sat down, Zara Tindall was seen helping young Charlotte settle in her seat as it was full of items.
Ensuring Charlotte could sit down comfortably, Zara – who’s married to Rugby star Mike Tindall – moved the things out the way so that the princess could take her seat.
Buckingham Palace lit up
Prince William wasn’t the only one to notice Buckingham Palace’s incredible light display throughout the evening.
The palace was the back drop of the music and party, and it glistened in different shades for each act.
One particular show-stopper was when it displayed an array of images of Her Majesty the Queen throughout her reign.
The corgis make a cameo
It can’t be a Jubilee celebration without an appearance from the corgis.
The beloved corgis make an appearance in the form of a drone light display as Ella Eyre sang.
Hans Zimmer recalls insulting Her Majesty as a child
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, who participated in the Platinum Party at the Palace, has recalled the time he accidentally insulated the Queen.
The German film icon, 64, best known for writing the scores for cinematic blockbusters such as Interstellar and Dune, said he had met Her Majesty when he was a child.
He joked that if she remembered their encounter he may be cut from the programme.
Speaking backstage at the event, he told the PA news agency: “I’ve met her a couple of times. I remember when I was tiny, when I was three or four years old, and I sort of insulted her.”
He continued: “Because I was introduced to her and I looked at her and I stared at her and I said: ‘You’re not the Queen,’ and she goes: ‘Why not?” And I say: ‘You’re not wearing a crown,’ which to a three year old makes perfect sense.
“So maybe she remembers – maybe I’m going to get cut out of the program tonight.”
Lee Mack takes savage swipe at Boris Johnson
Cheeky comedian Lee Mack wasted no time in using the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as an opportunity to stick the knife in Boris Johnson – metaphorically of course.
The northern comic, 53, opened the concert, which is being held outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, by making light of the so-called ‘partygate’ affair in Downing Street.
Speaking with the Prime Minister in attendance, who was in the royal box, Mack said: “Finally we can say the words ‘party’ and ‘gate’ and it’s a positive.”
The joke drew cheers and laughs from the crowd.
The embarrassing quip comes just a day after the PM was booed outside St Paul’s Cathedral as he attended the Thanksgiving service with members of the Royal Family.
Prince William’s speech about the planet
Prince William paid tribute to his grandmother the Queen in a touching speech.
He addressed her reign and he also addressed the urgent need to protect the planet.
He said: “While no one’s grandmother thanks them for talking about their age, my own grandmother has been alive for nearly a century. In that time, mankind has benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific breakthroughs.
“Tonight has been full of such optimism and joy— and there is hope. Together, if we harness the very best of humankind, and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren and for future generations to come. “
Prince of Wales’s tribute to ‘mummy’
Prince Charles paid tribute to his ‘mummy’ the Queen.
He said: “The scale of this evening’s celebration – and the outpouring of warmth and affection over this whole Jubilee weekend – is our way of saying thank you – from your family, the country, the Commonwealth, in fact the whole world.”
Diana Ross wraps things up
It was an incredible moment as iconic singer Diana Ross wrapped up the sensational concert with a performance that included her most famous songs.
The songstress looked sensational in a black and pink ensemble as she waved her hands in the air and thanked the Queen for her unwavering service.
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