Queen Elizabeth II did not attend the concert held in front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. But she showed up to the audience in a short video with Paddington Bear, whom she invited to the palace for tea. Though she didn’t drink her tea.
Paddington Bear visited Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. The royal porcelain served a pair of tea, which the bear drank quite greedily. When he realized what a blunder he was making, he wanted to share the infusion with Elizabeth. Unfortunately, there was no longer anything.
He also made a pulp out of a biscuit that was supposed to be dessert by tapping cream in the butler’s cheek. Impassive Elizabeth watched the teddy bear’s actions as the bear, as an apology, pulled a marmalade sandwich from his hat and offered it to the queen. As he added, “he always has one with him, just in case”. To his delight, the queen took a similar snack from her purse “for later”.
And when the sounds of the immortal “We will rock you” began to sound from outside the palace window, Paddington and the Queen echoed the characteristic clapping and stamping, tapping the cups with spoons. Empty because Paddington had drunk all his tea.
The Queen “wanted to show that it meant a lot”
“Although the Queen will not be attending the concert in person, she was very anxious for people to understand how much this means to her and that all viewers would have a great time,” the royal court said in a statement.
Since the 96-year-old monarch has had mobility problems for several weeks, it was very unlikely that she would see the concert in person. On the other hand, the stands built in front of Buckingham Palace housed several dozen members of the royal family, headed by the heir to the throne, Prince Charles and his wife, Princess Camilla, and, second in line to the throne, Prince William with Princess Kate and their children. However, there were no younger son Charles, Prince Harry and his wife, Princess Meghan, who spent the day privately, and the son of Queen Prince Andrew, who is infected with the coronavirus.
Stars at the concert for Elizabeth II
Apart from Queen, the concert featured Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Craig David, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Sam Ryder, George Ezra, Elbow, Mimi Webb, Celeste, Jax Jones and the dance group Diversity. Between the performances, thanks were given to the queen, which they recorded, among others Daniel Craig, Paul McCartney, Michelle Obama, Mo Farah, and Emma Raducanu.
At the end of the concert, Prince Charles and Prince William took the stage. The latter spoke of her – and also of her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year – commitment to environmental protection, while Prince Charles paid a very personal tribute to his mother. He told the audience, “what really wakes her to life in the morning is all of you.” – You used to hang out with us and talk to us. You laughed and cried with us, and most importantly, you have been with us for these seventy years. You have made a commitment to serve your entire life – and you continue to do so. You still make history, he said.
“You are the head of state, you are the mother”
When he spoke at the front of Buckingham Palace, photographs of the Prince’s selection of photographs of the most important moments from the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II were displayed, including the coronation, the visit of Nelson Mandela in 1996, the historic handshake with former Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuiness in 2012 , from a pandemic message.
– This is the story of your life – and ours – said Prince Charles, adding that the scale of this concert and “the enormity of warmth and sympathy throughout the entire anniversary weekend is the way people say ‘thank you'”. – Your family now spans four generations. You are the head of our state. You are also our mother – said Karol.
Main photo source: Reuters / BuckinghamPalaceStudioCanal / BBC