Platinum Jubilee: Third day of royal celebrations

London (AFP) – Two future monarchs are set to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II At a private concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, the third day of the platinum jubilee splendor marking 70 years since her accession to the throne.

Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen’s son and grandson, are set to address a live audience of 22,000 and millions more watching TV. The event featuring Alicia Keys and Queen + Adam Lambert will take place in a temporary amphitheater built around the Victoria Memorial outside the Palace.

David Beckham and tennis player Emma Radocano will also be in attendance, while Diana Ross will wrap up the show with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years. The concert is also expected to feature a pre-recorded performance by Elton John.

The 96-year-old monarch is not expected to attend the evening outdoor event, with rain expected. The Queen has had mobility problems recently, which the palace describes as “occasional mobility issues”, which have limited her public appearances in recent months.

King chose not to attend the Epsom derby on Saturday. Instead, she was represented at the prestigious annual horse race by her daughter, Princess Anne, who appeared at the Royal Box on Saturday amid crowds of cheering fans and waving Union flags.

This was the second time in as many days that transportation problems deprived the Queen of the opportunity to see her.

On Friday, the Queen skipped a special Thanksgiving party in her honor at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Palace officials said she had experienced “some discomfort” in the previous day’s events.

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since they stepped back from their royal duties and moved to California two years ago.

And in another sign of improving relations, royal Twitter accounts wished Lillibit, the daughter of Harry and Meghan, a happy first birthday. Lilibet turned one on Saturday. She and her older brother, Archie, did not appear during this trip.

“Wishing Lillipet a very merry Christmas! The royal family’s account tweeted.

Meanwhile, other members of the royal family have traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations across the UK.

William and his wife Kate brought two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales ahead of a separate concert on the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited Northern Ireland for 1950s-style festivities.

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