The star studded line up included Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Madness, Alfie Boe, Grace Jones and Kate favourites Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. Take That singer, Gary Barlow organised the event and said Her Majesty and Princes William and Harry had a great deal of input in selecting the acts.
Guards posed with singer Cheryl Cole after her performance of 'Need you Now' with Gary Barlow. You can watch their performance here.
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A view of the mall before the concert began.
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A look at the Royal box.
Kate was seen waving her British flag throughout the concert, She and William also sang along to Elton Johns performance.
The most talked about song of the night, the specially commissioned song for the Queen, 'Sing', written by Gary Barlow and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Mr Barlow visited Australia, Kenya, and Jamaica in order to immerse himself in the music of the commonwealth. Prince Harry makes his recording debut on tambourine :) The sheet music and words to 'Sing' are available to download here.
Speaking to The Telegraph about Her Majesty's reaction to the song Mr Barlow said
'We played her the song, and she was most excited that we had collected people from all round the world. She was asking about the characters, who they were and what they did. It was lovely, really nice. And we were officially told that she was - delighted with the song'.
Projections appeared to be open up the Palace as if it were a dolls house.
Very sadly Prince Philip was hospitalized today with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of the celebrations. The Prince who turns 91 on Saturday was taken to the King Edward VII hospital in London from Windsor Castle and will remain there for a few days. He is said to 'very disappointed'. No doubt it is a difficult time for him and of course Her Majesty. Prince Philip also missed Christmas at Sandringham after suffering chest pains and underwent a coronary stent procedure. I wish him a speedy recovery.
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Kate wore the blue and purple Whistles Bella Dress (With thanks to Leisa) The £150 dress is a last season piece and unfortunately sold out, It is available in a different print for £120 here and in red here. It is described as
'Crafted in a silk rich fabric with a petal print design. Featuring a round neckline with a bound edge, cropped sleeves, gathering to the waist and an exposed gold tone zip fastening to the reverse'.
The colour is quite classic while the print is a fun choice for a concert and of course, always nice to see Kate choosing a high street brand especially for a Jubilee event. Kate teamed her dress with a black belt a black McQueen jacket.
Over 4,000 beacons were lit around the world today to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. At 10.30 pm Her Majesty lit the National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles delivered a speech after the performances finished where he thanked HM 'for making us all proud to be British'.
After the concert William, Kate hosted an intimate reception at Buckingham Palace to thank the artists on behalf of the Queen for participating in the event.
See you all tomorrow for the carriage procession :)