Queen Elizabeth kicked off her Diamond Jubilee celebration on Monday, Feb. 6, which marks her 60th anniversary of serving as the British monarch. While Feb. 6 is the official anniversary date, there will be various celebrations throughout the year, culminating in a weekend full of festivities June 3-5.
On Saturday, June 4 the main event is a star-studded concert in front of Buckingham Palace and the lineup is now officially announced. Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney are headlining, along with Shirley Bassey, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Tom Jones and popular British boy band JLS. More acts will be revealed at a later date.
There will be 10,000 tickets awarded by lottery that will also include entry into the palace garden for a picnic. For those who do not win tickets, the concert will be broadcast on television and radio, and on ABC in the United States (the following day).
Gary Barlow, who is organizing the event for the Queen, says in a statement:
“The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of
The Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world-class artists coming
together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music
shows in recent years. With Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, it’s going
to be a fantastic event which transcends multiple decades of music.
It’ll be a great, unique, experience for the thousands attending,
watching on TV and listening on radio. I can’t wait!”
Should be fun. Expect to see many members of the Royal family turn out for all the weekend’s festivities.