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THE Queen delighted millions of viewers by appearing in a surprise comic sketch with Paddington Bear to kick-start the Jubilee concert.

Performances came from world-famous artists including Sir Elton John and Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert and Duran Duran.

did not attend the festivities on Saturday night but she recorded a hilarious clip with Paddington Bear, tapping out the beat of the We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups.

The monarch, 96, and Paddington Bear surprised viewers by sharing a warm and hilarious cream tea at Buckingham Palace in honour of her 70 years of service.

With the special, secretly-pre-recorded humorous two-and-a-half-minute sequence played at the start of the televised Platinum Party at the Palace, the unlikely duo set the rhythm for opening act Queen + Adam Lambert - who joined in on the main stage.

Elizabeth II and the digitally animated character met for a chaotic cream tea at '' in the footage, with the Queen revealing she shares Paddington's love of marmalade sandwiches and keeps an emergency stash in her trademark handbag.

The duffle-coat wearing bear showed the Queen how he ensured he always had his favourite treat on him just in case, lifting up his red hat to reveal his snack.

The Queen responded by revealing "So do I" before opening her bag and declaring "I keep mine in here" to show her very own ready-made supply of the bread and orange preserve staple.

Read our Royal Family blog below for the latest updates...

  • Joseph Gamp

    Rod Stewart wanted to stay in stage 'all night'

    Sir Rod Stewart said he wanted to stay on the stage "all night".

    Speaking after his performance, the Maggie May writer said: "It was fabulous. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and while I've done it before, never on this scale."

    Reflecting on what it is like to meet the Queen, Sir Rod said: "She's homely. She's funny. I've had so many funny occasions with her that make me smile.

    "She's just wonderful. "

    Sir Rod said the Queen is "a constant" in our lives, adding: "There's not many of those. Not many at all."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Buckingham Palace revellers enjoy 'being part of history'

    Party at the Palace revellers have said they felt like "part of history" celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee from the grounds of her home.

    Some 22,000 people heard live speeches by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales amid performances from stars including Diana Ross, Duran Duran and rock band Queen at the Buckingham Palace event on Saturday night.

    Impressive visuals of the Queen were projected on to the royal residence during the patriotic two-and-a-half hour event, and drones drew three-dimensional corgis and cups of tea in the sky before a closing performance by Diana Ross.

    Dean Carpenter, 53, a lecturer from Andover in Wiltshire, who also served in the military, said being at the palace felt like being "part of history".

    Mr Carpenter, who was wearing a Union Jack-patterned suit and attended with his wife Lesley Carpenter, 55, told PA: "It was amazing, absolutely fantastic - especially the royal family being there.

    "The monarchy means a lot to me because I served in the military for 26-and-a-half years so the Queen was my boss for all that time.

    "She was a good boss, she looked after me. I wanted to pay tribute.

    "I needed to be here and be part of the atmosphere part of the crowd.

    "I want to tell my grandkids 'we were here'. It's part of history."

  • henry moore

    Picture perfect: Cambridges make the perfect family in Jubilee pic

    In a snap taken during her Majesty's Jubilee celebrations, William, Kate, Charlotte and George look wonderful as they greet onlookers.

    Yesterday, the prince spoke of his Grandmother, as well as the importance of climate action.

    He said: “It’s my firm hope that my grandmother’s words are as true in seventy years’ time as they are tonight that as nations we come together in common cause, because then there is always room for hope.

    “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.

    “They will be able to say – with pride at what’s been achieved – “What a Wonderful World”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    All you need to know about Queen Elizbaeth II

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    Recording of The Queen speaking about Climate Change leaves viewers in tears

    Thousands of people raised their hands in the air as a recording of the Queen speaking about climate change was played during Party at the Palace.

    In a broadcast introduced by Sir David Attenborough, graphics of the natural world were projected onto Buckingham Palace while light-up wristbands given to attendees turned green.

    The crowd raised their green wristbands in a show of solidarity with the Queen.

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    Queen's jockeys form Guard of Honour at Epsom

    Forty of the Queen's jockeys past and present lined up in a spectacular guard of honour for the royal party ahead of racing on Derby Day at Epsom.

    The greats of the saddle, dressed in the famous purple and gold silks, lined up on the steps overlooking the hat-box winner's enclosure before heading on to the track to greet the Princess Royal and other members of the entourage.

    Frankie Dettori said he was "honoured"; to be among the riders, who also included current stars Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand, and Derby-winning riders Kieren Fallon, Johnny Murtagh and Martin Dwyer, along with champion jump jockeys Barry Geraghty and Sir Anthony McCoy.

    Dettori said: "I felt like I did as an apprentice 30 years ago! What a nice touch that was.

    "It was a lovely spectacle and it is one picture I will definitely get on my wall, that was unique where we were all stood on the steps."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen has ‘class and credibility’

    Queen Elizabeth has “class and credibility”, according to a Daily Express columnist.

    Writing in the Daily Express, columnist Carole Malone said: “Elizabeth is the very best of Britain and we will never see her like again. And yes, we know change is coming but let’s not think about what lies ahead. Let’s not think about a monarchy where she isn’t front and centre – it’s just too sad.

    “For now let’s just celebrate our Queen, let’s thank God for her, hold her close and drink a million toasts this weekend to the woman who has given this little island of ours class and credibility in the eyes of a jealous world that has no one like her.”

  • Kim Jong-un delivers well wishes to Queen

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has delivered his well wishes to the Queen ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    According to Sky News, he stated: “I extend my congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of the National Day of your country, the official birthday of Your Majesty.”  

  • Matthew Wright under fire as he brand’s Queen’s Jubilee ‘a disgrace’

    This Morning viewers slammed pundit Matthew Wright as for his comments about Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    The former The Wright Stuff host, 56, endured the wrath of royal-lovers on the ITV show as he slammed the celebrations to mark the popular monarch’s 70th anniversary on the throne.

    Her Platinum Jubilee celebrations are filled with events including today’s Service of Thanksgiving.

    Mark appeared alongside Gyles Brandreth to discuss the day’s big stories and the conversation naturally turned to the Queen’s big party.

    “We were talking earlier and it’s wonderful and the spectacle I get, but at a time when people..we are haemorrhaging money as a country,” he started.

    “If you were some kind of celebrity, who’s spending loads… millions on parties when you’re sort of bankrupt, people would be outraged and this is a disgrace but that’s what we’re doing as a nation.”

    Host Dermot O’Leary questioned him: “What do you think we should be doing?”

    Matthew quickly snapped back: “I think it could all be scaled down just a bit.”

  • Royal Family wishes Lilibet a happy birthday

    The royals have tweeted Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet a happy birthday as the baby turned one yesterday.

    According to Express.co.uk, the Royal Family Twitter account said: “Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!”

    Prince Charles and Camilla’s Clarence House account tweeted: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!”

    Prince William and Kate said: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Lilibet, turning one today!”

  • Lip reader reveals very personal comment Harry made to Zara Tindall

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were reunited with the Firm for the first time since Megxit yesterday giving them a chance to catch-up with their royal relatives.

    And a lip reader has revealed the very personal comment that the Duke of Sussex made to his cousin Zara Tindall following the service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee yesterday.

    As he left St Paul’s cathedral Harry, 37, got the chance to chat to the Queen’s granddaughter, 41 where he apparently made a comment about her appearance.

    Professional lip reader Jeremy Freeman revealed to the  that Harry told Zara, “You’ve lost some weight.”

    Zara, who had recently given birth to her son Lucas when they last met, replied, “No I haven’t, how do you know?”

    According to Freeman, Harry responds, “I know, nice in pink! I didn’t know whether you’d wear blue, pink, orange, green,… grey.”

  • Prince Chales pays tribuite to 'selfless' The Queen

    The Prince of Wales has just given a speech.

    He said: "Your Majesty, Mummy,

    "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.

    "On behalf of us all, I wanted to pay my own tribute to your lifetime of selfless service

    "Your family now spans four generations. You are our Head of State. And you are also our mother.

    "Your “strength and stay” is much missed this evening but I am sure he is here in spirit… My Papa would have enjoyed the show and joined us wholeheartedly in celebrating all you continue to do for your country and your people.

    "Looking back, we think of the countless State occasions that are milestones along this nation’s road. And you will think of red boxes, filled with Government papers, at the end of the day.

    "You will remember those who have led this country. Indeed, all the countries you serve. And leaders across the world.

    "How things have changed. We think of all you have done to make the Commonwealth such an important force for good. You continue to make history.

    "And there was still time for fun amongst the work. We might have been celebrating that Derby winner this evening…next year perhaps?

    "But I know what really gets my mother up in the morning is all of you – watching at home. Represented here tonight in this great audience.

    "Your Majesty, you have been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.

    "You have met us and talked with us. You laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us, for these seventy years. You pledged to serve your whole life – you continue to deliver. That is why we are here.

    That is what we celebrate tonight. These pictures on your house are the story of your life – and ours. So, Your Majesty, that is why we all say thank you."

  • Recording of The Queen speaking about Climate Change leaves viewers in tears

    Thousands of people raised their hands in the air as a recording of the Queen speaking about climate change was played during Party at the Palace.

    In a broadcast introduced by Sir David Attenborough, graphics of the natural world were projected onto Buckingham Palace while light-up wristbands given to attendees turned green.

    The crowd raised their green wristbands in a show of solidarity with the Queen.

  • All you need to know about Queen Elizbaeth II

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  • Elton John plays emotional rendition of Your Song

    Elton John has recorded a version of Your Song in the Red Drawing Room at Windsor.

    It's being beamed on to the front of Buckingham Palace with a live orchestra playing in real time.

    A special moment indeed.

  • Prince William gives speech on stage at Party at The Palace

    Prince William said: "Good evening everyone.  It’s so wonderful to be here with you on this incredible night. And great to see Buckingham Palace turned into an IMAX screen!

    "As I watch those extraordinary images – it does make me think of all the monumental and pioneering work of so many visionary environmentalists that have gone before.

    "I’m so proud that my grandfather and my father have been part of those efforts.

    "And I’m in awe of people like the great Sir David Attenborough who look at the beauty and power of our earth and then work to celebrate and preserve it.

    "I think of Rachel Carson from America, Wangari Maathai from Kenya, Sunita Narain from India and so many others.

    "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.  

    "And although those breakthroughs have increased our awareness of the impact humans have on our world, our planet has become more fragile. 

    "Today, in 2022 – as The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee – the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent. But like her, I am an optimist. 

    "Decades of making the case for taking better care of our world has meant that environmental issues are now at the top of the global agenda.

    "More and more businesses and politicians are answering the call.  And – perhaps most inspiringly – this cause is now being spearheaded by an amazing and united generation of young people across the world.

    "Congratulations to all of them – they won’t accept the status quo, they won’t accept that change is too difficult to deliver.  Never before have we had so much power to change the big things.

    "In the past seventy years mankind has put man on the moon; we have built the World Wide Web.  And we have developed vaccines and solutions to some of the most life-threatening diseases on Earth.  When humankind focuses its mind, anything is possible.

    "It’s my firm hope that my grandmother’s words are as true in seventy years’ time as they are tonight that as nations we come together in common cause, because then there is always room for hope.

    "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.

    "They will be able to say – with pride at what’s been achieved – “What a Wonderful World”.

  • Daniel Craig and Sir Paul McCartney among celebrities hailing queen

    Daniel Craig and Sir Paul McCartney are among the celebrities who have expressed their appreciation of the Queen's service over her 70-year reign during the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace concert.

    As part of the special Jubilee event, film footage of the Queen at her coronation was played with a voiceover of the monarch saying: "When I was 21 I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God's help to make good that vow. I do not regret nor retract one word of it.".

    It was followed by pre-recorded video messages from famous faces who spoke of their love for the monarch.

    James Bond star Craig said: "Your Majesty, thank you for your continued presence in our lives, for your leadership, and for your unwavering grace and poise.

    The actor, 54, also referenced the memorable sketch from the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony where it looked like Craig had jumped out of a helicopter with the Queen.

    Recalling the moment, he added: "I will follow you anywhere Mam, out of any helicopter door."

    Beatles star Sir Paul, 79, paid his respects to the monarch by saying: "I love you like many other people, so congratulations and thank you for 70 beautiful years."

    While former US First Lady Michelle Obama praised the Queen for the kindness she had shown her and her family.

    She said: "I want to thank you for your genuine warmth to our entire family.

    "Whether you were welcoming a nervous First Lady to Buckingham Palace for the first time, or your extraordinary kindness toward our children.

    "I feel deeply honoured to have spent time with you over the years. Thank you Ma'am, for your remarkable example."

  • Big display on front of Buckingham Palace for Girls On Film

    Duran Duran are playing Girls On Film in front of a huge display on the palace.

    It looks stunning as the whole of Buckingham Palace is lit up purple, pink and yellow.

    There's also a catwalk dance show emulating the band's hit video from the eighties.

  • Duran Duran team up with Nile Rogers

    Can I believe my eyes?

    Duran Duran and Nile Rogers are performing Notorious.

    Princess Charlotte looks a bit tired though!

  • William and George belt it out to Sweet Caroline

    The Royal Family members seem to like this one.

    Camilla and Charles were singing & waving their flags feverently.

    Meanwhile, Prince William could be seen singing at the top of his lungs, with Prince George doing his best to emulate his dad.

    And Rod shouted "up the NHS!" as he left the stage.

  • Rod Stewart playing a medley of hits

    The man doesnt seem to age - he's on stge warbling his heart out for Her Majesty.

    Donning a yellow jacket, Rod looked as dapper as usual, as he sung in to the mic.

    He also belted out a rendition of Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.

  • Still unknown if Queen will be seen publicly again this week

    It's still not known if Brits can expect to see her in public again this weekend.

    However, a long list of royals are expected to watch Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Mabel perform this evening.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex will attend with their children, while Eugenie and Beatrice will also enjoy the night with their families.

    Zara and Mike Tindall are expected to be in the audience too.

    William and Charles will take centre stage in front of the 22,000-strong crowd tonight.

  • Sam Ryder is in Space...man!

    Sam Ryder is wearing an impressive union jack one piece.

    He's performing his Eurovision hit Space Man to the Jubilee crowd.

    And of course, the cheeky chap is taking it all in his stride - and sounding top draw in the process.

  • Lee Mack makes Partygate joke in front of PM

    A joke was made at Boris Johnson's expense during the Platinum Party at the Palace, in what became the second embarrassing moment of the jubilee celebrations for the Prime Minister.

    Comedian Lee Mack made light of the so-called partygate affair in Downing Street during the concert in front of Buckingham Palace to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

    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.

    Last month, an investigation published by senior civil servant Sue Gray revealed the details of a host of Covid rule-breaching gatherings held in No 10 and Whitehall.

    The inquiry found that excessive drinking had taken place on some occasions, with staff getting sick, altercations taking place and red wine being spilt up the walls.

    The Prime Minister was found to have attended a number of leaving dos for aides, giving speeches and joining in the drinking of alcohol, despite him telling the public to avoid meeting loved ones in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

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