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Sir Paul McCartney brings Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert to spectacular close

Sir Paul McCartney at Buckingham Palace
Sir Paul McCartney at Buckingham Palace

SIR Paul McCartney brought a star studded concert in tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to a close last night.

The royals all stood as he started off with a Beatles favourite Magical Mystery Tour.

In the Mall the crowds waved their union flags along to another Fab Four tune All My Loving and the legendary singer ended with Let It Be played from a piano.

The mood changed when he went into a rendition of the James Bond theme Live And Let Die and the atmosphere built until an dazzling fireworks display went off around the stage followed by one in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

As he ended with Obladi Oblada he was joined on stage by all the acts from the night.

Paul McCartney Jubilee

Take That singer Robbie Williams opened the show by declaring to thousands of fans: "Let me entertain you."

Watching from the royal box were The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - with the Queen joining them later.

The show was watched by an invited audience of 18,000 with tens of thousands more watching from the Mall.

The three-hour concert, organised by Williams’ Take That bandmate Gary Barlow was staged to celebrate music from throughout the Queen’s 60-year reign.

Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am continued the party mood by getting the crowd on their feet for his band’s hit I Gotta Feeling.

He was joined by fellow judge from BBC1’s The Voice Jessie J - wearing a dazzling blue and gold dress, split to the thigh - on the song.

Jessie then had her own turn in the spotlight with her hit Domino, finishing with some vocal theatrics.

Cheryl Cole made a surprise appearance to accompany Barlow on his first appearance of the night. The former X Factor judge - accompanying a current panellist from the show - looked elegant in a frothy black and white floor-length gown to perform her single Need You Now.

Earlier, JLS performed hits Everybody In Love and She Makes Me Wanna.n keeping with the Queen’s lengthy reign, Sir Cliff Richard drew on hits from across each decade of his career - which stretches back to 1958.

Dressed in a beige suit, the youthful music veteran performed songs such as Devil Woman, Wired For Sound, We Don’t Talk Anymore and even Millennium Prayer, accompanied by footage of the Queen from her early life. But it was his 1968 hit Congratulations that had the crowd back But it was the veterans Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones who got the crowds on their feet with renditions of classic songs from their repertoire.

Sir Elton John's Crocodile Rock was one of the biggest tunes of the night, with all the crowds joining in with the chorus. William, Harry and Beatrice were spotted singing along and dancing in their seats.

Stevie Wonder was given a big cheer when he came on stage and before starting to sing Sir Duke, he told the Queen: ``This is for you, to celebrate your Jubilee, so honoured to be here. I love you and God bless you''

The palace was transformed into a row of terraced houses, via a projection, for Madness' performance from the historic building's roof.

The event had been overshadowed by the news that the Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital with a bladder infection.

But before taking to the stage Sir Paul wished him well, saying: "I think, you know, we all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery."

Last Updated: 06/05/12 06:51
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SIR Paul McCartney brought a star studded concert in tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to a close last night. The royals all stood as he started off with a Beatles favourite Magical Mystery Tour.