Tonight the spectacular Diamond Jubilee concert took place in front of Buckingham Palace in London, a massive tribute to Her Majesty’s sixty years on the throne. Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones, Robbie Williams and Annie Lenox were only a few famous names to take the stage
Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth‘s thoughts were no doubt elsewhere this evening. Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh is suffering from a bladder infection and had to be taken to hospital. Buckingham Palace released the following statement today (June 4th):
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, from Windsor Castle, as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being assessed and treated.
Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation for a few days. He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s engagements.
Elizabeth and Philip married on November 20th, 1947 at Westminster Abbey and have four children: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sang along to the many familiar songs being performed on stage, which reminded me a little of 2007′s Concert for Diana. Though Catherine sat in the royal box at the time, she was a few rows back from William so as not to draw attention away from his and Harry’s big day.
Tonight, Her Royal Highness sat with other members of the royal family, wearing a Whistles dress and an Alexander McQueen jacket (thank you, What Kate Wore). The Queen wore an Angela Kelly gold lame cocktail dress under a dramatic cape adorned with gold buttons Swarovski crystals. Part of me wishes she wore a tiara for the event, but the Queen is a modest woman.
At the end of the concert, Prince Charles took to the stage to say a few kind words about his mother. ”A Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event, some of us have had the joy of celebrating three jubilees with you, and I have the medals to prove it. And we’re now celebrating the life and service of a very special person, over the last 60 years.
“I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly, you and my father’s lives were irrevocably changed when you were only 26 [actually, she was 25]. So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us. For inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.”
Catherine got into the spirit of the things and waved a flag while Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole sang”Need You Now” together. A spectacular fireworks display closed the night, with bold red and blue lights splashed against Buckingham Palace.