"The Queen and The People"
by Margaret Morley for remotegoat on 29/06/12

The Diamond Jubilee concert was held to celebrate the sixty year reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. It was held outside Buckingham Palace, London, England on 4th June 2012. I passed ducks, squirrels and herons in St James Park on the way to the show, what amazing surroundings for the show.

Robbie Williams opened the show with a powerful and entertaining performance of "Let Me Entertain You" supported by the Scots Guards on trumpets.

The three hour show produced numerous highlights with many suitably-titled songs, one of which was "Congratulations", performed by Sir Cliff Richard OBE.

However, the most sensational surprise for me was seeing Jools Holland OBE, DL playing the piano, as I had not seen his name on the billing list before the concert. As ever modest, well mannered and talented, he introduced and accompanied the great soul singer, Ruby Turner on "You Are So Beautiful."

Rolf Harris CBE, AM, in addition to being one of our greatest contemporary artists, having painted a portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is also a talented singer and treated us to a rendition of his number one hit "Two Little Boys". Despite being interrupted by someone else on stage, he soldiered on and finished the song.

Some of the remarks by the comedians seemed, at times, to be just politically driven and an excuse not to be nice.

The classical singing was extremely well received by the party goers. American soprano, Renee Fleming, looked delightful in a long blue operatic dress. One of the songs she sang was, "Madam Butterfly".

As well as those filling The Mall, some of the audience were also in the adjacent, picturesque St James Park. Sadly, Sir Tom Jones OBE, didn't sing "The Green, Green Grass of Home", but he did give an outstanding performance of, "Delilah". With his many female admirers, one should not get distracted and forget to mention his amazing singing power.

Take That's Gary Barlow, who organised the event, performed his new song, "Sing" which was co-written with Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber to celebrate the Commonwealth.

An outstanding performance was given by Dame Shirley Bassey DBE. Looking fabulous in a white dress, she sang the suitably chosen "Diamonds are Forever", showing that she still possesses a powerful set of lungs.

Wearing a startling outfit with notably short shorts, Australian singer, Kylie Minogue OBE, appeared on stage and gave a great and lively performance.

Even right at the back of The Mall Feet were a-tapping to "Crocodile Rock" by Sir Elton John CBE and, as ever, he sang a very moving rendition of "Your Song".

Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCarthy MBE, sang the very relaxing song of peace, "Let it Be". He also sang, "Live and Let Die", chosen, one thinks, not for its relevance, but for the great musical composition that it is. During the show, he took off his jacket to reveal the Union Jack lining.

An atmosphere of good cheer was truly amazing, throughout the entire concert.

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