Partying and horse racing take center stage at Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee
A pop concertfeaturing singers like Alicia Keys and Diana Ross, and the Epsom Derby horse race take center stage on day three of Britain’s national celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
However, the 96-year-old monarch, a huge horse– racing enthusiast and owner of many thoroughbreds, will skip the 243rd edition of the Derby because of “episodic mobility problemswhich also forced her to miss a thanksgiving service in her honor on Friday.
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His daughter Princess Anne, who competed in the three-day equestrian event at the 1976 Olympics, is expected to replace her mother.
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Later on Saturday, artists from around the world will entertain some 22,000 people at the “Platinum Party at the Palace”, while Elizabeth’s son and heir, Prince Charles and his grandson Prince William will speak.
The queen herself was not supposed to attend.
The concert will also include a performance specially recorded by Elton Johna performance by rock band Queen + Adam Lambert, and ends with Diana Ross’ first live appearance in Britain in 15 years.
Queen guitarist Brian May, who played the national anthem from the roof of the palace during a concert for of Elizabeth Golden Jubilee in 2002, said the group was happy to be invited back.
“Then there was a moment when I wondered… after the roof of Buckingham Palace, where can you go? Well… you will see,” he said.
Four days of celebrations to mark of the monarch A record 70 years on the throne began with a military parade, a Royal Air Force flypast and the lighting of beacons across Britain and the world.
During Friday’s National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell used a horse racing analogy in his sermon to pay homage to the Queen.
“Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here with us this morning, but we are so happy that you are still in the saddle,” he said. “And we’re glad there’s even more to come. So thank you for staying the course.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Richard Chang)