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Platinum Jubilee concert: Queen’s tea with Paddington, a partygate joke and Prince George sings Sweet Caroline – key moments of Buckingham Palace concert

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A live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions came together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at a concert outside Buckingham Palace.

It was a night of memorable moments, concluding with Prince Charles delivering a message for his “mummy” in which he told the Queen: “You continue to make history”.

Here’s what happened at the concert:

Queen taps tune to We Will Rock You

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Queen shares tea with Paddington Bear

The gig kicked off with a film of The Queen having tea with Paddington Bear, bringing back memories of the video she shot with Daniel Craig as James Bond for the London 2012 Olympics.

The film showed the Queen and Paddington sharing tea and sandwiches, before they tapped out the beat of Queen’s We Will Rock You on teacups.

That cued up Queen and Adam Lambert to get the show going.

Lee Mack makes partygate joke

Lee Mack performing during the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.

The comedian, performing as an MC for the night, took aim at Boris Johnson with a partygate joke in the opening minutes of the event.

Mack told the crowds: “We are here right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the party of a lifetime. And I tell you what, finally you can say the words ‘party’ and ‘gate’ – and it’s a positive.”

Later on, Stephen Fry prompted laughter from the crowd by joking about how many prime ministers the Queen had “tolerated” during her service.

Diversity takes us through 60 years of British music

Diversity performing during the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.
People sit at The Mall during the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace, as Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, in London, Britain, June 4, 2022. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Ashley Banjo and his dance troupe Diversity took us through energetic routine to a number of British songs popular throughout the Queen’s 70-year reign.

Craig David takes to the stage in a glitter tracksuit

Craig David performs at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in London, Britain June 4, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama appears by video to give a message during the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.

Rapper and singer Craig David performed Ain’t Giving Up and Re-Rewind.

The Obamas and Bond actor Daniel Craig then wished the Queen well in video messages.

William and George sing Sweet Caroline

Rod Stewart performs during the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.
 Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform during the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.

Later on, singer Rod Stewart performed a short set which concluded with a cover of Sweet Caroline.

Although he appeared to almost lose his voice at times, Prince William and Prince George were seen singing along.

After finishing the Neil Diamond hit, Stewart wrapped things up saying: “Up the NHS” and “God save the Ukraine”.

Royals enjoy themselves in the best seats

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch the Platinum Jubilee concert taking place in front of Buckingham Palace, London, Saturday June 4, 2022, on the third of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years of service. (Chris Jackson/Pool via AP)
The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie Johnson attend the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat with George and Charlotte in the royal box, along with Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne.

All were seen dancing along and waving flags through the concert.

Duran Duran

Duran Duran and Ms Banks performing during the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.
An image of Queen Elizabeth II is projected onto Buckingham Palace during a performance at the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.

During the band’s performance of Girls on Film, images of the Queen through the years were shown on the front of Buckingham Palace.

Diana Ross returns

Diana Ross performs at the Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.

To wrap up the night, Motown legend Diana Ross returned for her first live UK show in 15 years.

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