Prince Charles and Prince William will take center stage this evening before a crowd of 22,000 to pay tribute to the Queen at a star-studded anniversary concert.
The father and son – both future kings – will speak separately in honor of the monarch towards the end of the BBC’s outdoor Party at the Palace show, which will be held in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday night.
Clarence House and Kensington Palace announced that both Charles and William would address the crowd at the high-profile event, which falls on the third night of the four-day anniversary festivities.
The Queen is believed to be unlikely to attend the concert, but confirmation of any moves will be released later in the day.
She won’t be attending Epsom Derby Day on Saturday, but is expected to be on TV watching developments from Windsor. Princess Anne will appear in her place.
Harry and Meghan are also expected to be absent from the anniversary celebrations today, with the couple celebrating daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor. According to Omid Scobie, they will celebrate the birthday “together privately as a family.”
William and Kate attend concert rehearsals at Cardiff Castle as part of the platinum anniversary celebrations, while Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex travel to Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo were photographed leaving the private club Maison Estelle at 1am last night.
Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday
The Queen is believed to be unlikely to attend the concert, but confirmation of any moves will be released later in the day. She will not be attending the Epsom Derby Day on Saturday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend Thanksgiving service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning, with the Queen conspicuously absent
It is thought that royal assistants are trying to help the Queen rest to ensure she can appear on Sunday’s closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (Photo: Queen on the balcony on Thursday)
The Queen delighted the crowd Thursday with a performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where she is expected to reappear after the final of the Pageant parade on Sunday.
However, she was unable to attend the Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after experiencing some “discomfort” during the first day of the celebration.
She’s also spent some personal time with the Sussexes, who brought their children Archie and Lilibet from the US – whom the monarch first met this weekend.
The Derby on Saturday 4 June would be a personal highlight for the Queen during the four-day anniversary celebration.
The head of state, a passionate horse owner and breeder, would be greeted at the track with a special guard of honor, including up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.
In the evening today, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live audience of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.
Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, George Ezra and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder are among the celebrities who will perform.
Charles and William prepare to pay public tribute to the Queen during the concert, who will be watching television from Windsor.
The 96-year-old queen, who has ongoing mobility issues, withdrew from thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after feeling uneasy after two balcony performances and a beacon lighting on Thursday.
Nearly 50 members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, came to honor the absent head of state at the religious occasion.
The Duchess of Cambridge later said the Queen had enjoyed Thursday’s celebrations but the day had been “very exhausting”.
Royal assistants are said to be taking a ‘bookend’ approach to the Queen’s platinum anniversary celebrations, as they prioritize getting the monarch onto Buckingham Palace’s balcony for Sunday’s breathtaking finale. (Pictured Thursday at Buckingham Palace, from left: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex)
Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo went to the private members’ club Maison Estelle last night for a drink
They were pictured leaving Maison Estelle’s private club at 1 a.m. last night
Saturday is the first birthday of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, who traveled with the Sussexes and older brother Archie for her first visit to the UK.
The Party at the Palace will take place on three stages in front of the Queen’s residence in London.
Soul legend Ross closes out the two-and-a-half hour show with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years.
Stars including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham and Stephen Fry will also be on show, as will a specially recorded performance by Sir Elton John.
The evening highlights global themes that emerged or evolved during the Queen’s reign, including contributions from the British and Commonwealth to fashion, sports, the environment and pop music.