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Royal fans in Union Jack tents camp in the Mall to secure a spot for tonight’s Platinum Party

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Hundreds of people have already gathered along The Mall in London ahead of the Platinum Jubilee concert, which kicks off at 8pm.

Cloudy weather and a wait of more than six hours before music starts playing hasn’t dampened the spirits of the revelers.

To secure a front row seat to tonight’s party, many camped overnight, some with tents, others with just a lounger and blanket.

The ‘Platinum Party’ is expected to be attended by around 22,000 people, the outdoor concert outside Buckingham Palace will feature Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Hans Zimmer, Alicia Keys and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder.

The two-and-a-half hour event will also be seen at home by millions, including the Queen watching from Windsor Castle.

Hundreds of people have gathered at The Mall tonight ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee

A woman wears a plastic crown with her Union Jack leggings in front of her Union Jack flag as she waits for the concert

A woman wears a plastic crown with her Union Jack leggings in front of her Union Jack flag as she waits for the concert

Audience members pose with Rose Griffith, dressed as Queen Elizabeth, as people gather on The Mall

Audience members pose with Rose Griffith, dressed as Queen Elizabeth, as people gather on The Mall

Many people have said that they camped the night before so they can get a spot in front of the concert

Many people have said that they camped the night before so they can get a spot in front of the concert

Revelers have taken their lounge chairs to The Mall with many hours of waiting before they can hear music coming from the anniversary concert

Revelers have taken their lounge chairs to The Mall with many hours of waiting before they can hear music coming from the anniversary concert

The open-air concert is expected to be attended by approximately 22,000 people, with music starting at 8 p.m.

A person holds a Union Jack themed umbrella as they wait along The Mall for the 'Platinum Party'

A person holds a Union Jack themed umbrella as they wait along The Mall for the ‘Platinum Party’

The BBC will broadcast Platinum Party at the Palace live on radio, television and online from 7pm.

The Prince of Wales and his eldest son, Prince William, will attend the concert, where they will pay tribute to the Queen.

Tickets have already been allocated to 10,000 members of the general public and 5,000 to key figures.

There will also be appearances from Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Ellie Simmonds and Dame Julie Andrews.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has put together a series of performances showing how Britain has changed in fashion, music, sport and the environment during the Queen’s reign.

The royals arrive around 7:40 PM, twenty minutes before the event starts

The royals arrive around 7:40 PM, twenty minutes before the event starts

The weather will remain dry during the concert, but the following public holiday could be a bit more damp

The weather will remain dry during the concert, but the following public holiday could be a bit more damp

The concert will be the main event for the third day of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration

The concert will be the main event for the third day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration

A woman in The Mall in a patriotic outfit for a concert outside Buckingham Palace tonight

A woman in The Mall in a patriotic outfit for a concert outside Buckingham Palace tonight

Cambridgeshire Sam and Lee felt very patriotic wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks at The Mall

Cambridgeshire Sam and Lee felt very patriotic wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks at The Mall

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan have attended several royal events before, arriving at The Mall before 6am to get a good seat

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan have attended several royal events before, arriving at The Mall before 6am to get a good seat

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan from Essex arrived at The Mall at 5:30 am to secure their spot, and Carol left her family camping holiday early to be on time.

Carol has previously attended Will and Kate’s wedding, other pageants, the Queen’s 90th birthday and the Diamond Jubilee concert 10 years ago.

Cambridgeshire Sam and Lee reveled in patriotism, wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks they spoke with Heart News EastSam said: ‘It’s all about being British, and the monarchy is great, they’re fantastic.

“It’s just really good for the British people to have the monarchy.”

A royal fan who spoke to Sky News said: ‘I think it will be a long time before you see another woman like her’ [the Queen] in public life.’

The crowd enjoyed themselves as they wait for the concert at The Mall

The crowd enjoyed themselves as they wait for the concert at The Mall

Queen Guitarist Brian May will perform tonight for the fans who have gathered along The Mall, in 2002 he played his guitar atop Buckingham Palace

Queen Guitarist Brian May will perform tonight for the fans who have gathered along The Mall, in 2002 he played his guitar atop Buckingham Palace

Many revelers are well prepared for a long wait and have brought all their camping gear to The Mall

Many revelers are well prepared for a long wait and have brought all their camping gear to The Mall

A plethora of Union Jack themed outfits on display as people wait for the Platinum Party concert

A plethora of Union Jack themed outfits on display as people wait for the Platinum Party concert

The concert will also feature Mike Peters of The Alarm, vocalist Bonnie Tyler, West End star John Owen Jones, drumming weatherman Owain Wyn Evans and the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.

The concert will also feature Mike Peters of The Alarm, vocalist Bonnie Tyler, West End star John Owen Jones, drumming weatherman Owain Wyn Evans and the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.

At the previous Party at the Palace in 2002, guitarist Brian May performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

A thunderstorm weather warning is set to muffle the final day of the platinum anniversary with the risk of soggy lunches.

The Met Office has a yellow warning in effect for thunderstorms across much of England and Wales from midnight to 6pm on Sunday evening.

Forecasters said the weather could disrupt the journey, with possible flooding in some areas.

The Met Office said some places can see 15-20mm in an hour, and even up to 50mm.

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