Adam Lambert and Queen kick off much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace


The BBC’s Party At The Palace kicked off with a spectacular appearance from Adam Lambert and Queen on Saturday night.

Adam, who took the place of lead singer Freddie Mercury, appeared on stage in front of a row of Palace officials playing drums and began belting out We Will Rock You for their opening number.

It came 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace’s roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002. 

Rocking: The BBC ‘s Party At The Palace kicked off with a spectacular appearance from Adam Lambert and Queen on Saturday night

They're back! It came 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace's roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002

They’re back! It came 20 years after guitarist Brian May performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace’s roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002

The singer, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching, which he paired with black trousers and a shirt as he took to the stage.

During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums.

After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions.

And Kate Middleton appeared to be impressed by their amazing performance of Don’t Stop Me Now, as she was seen singing along in the Royal box, where she sat alongside her family. 

What an arrival: Adam, who took the place of lead singer Freddie Mercury, appeared on stage in front of a row of Palace officials playing drums and began belting out We Will Rock You for their opening number

What an arrival: Adam, who took the place of lead singer Freddie Mercury, appeared on stage in front of a row of Palace officials playing drums and began belting out We Will Rock You for their opening number

Stylish: The singer, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching, which he paired with black trousers and a shirt as he took to the stage

Stylish: The singer, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching, which he paired with black trousers and a shirt as he took to the stage

Great night: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don't Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

Great night: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

Lee Mack then took to the stage to host a presenting segment, where he comically paid tribute to the late singer Freddie by getting the crowd to cheer ‘ay-o’ before calling on the Royal box to do the same. 

DJ Jax Jones was the next singer to take to the stage and performed Instruction, with a special appearance from 10-year-old Nandi Bushell on the drums.

He then welcomed Mabel to the stage, who stunned in a yellow jumpsuit as she belted out Don’t Call Me Up alongside a crew of backup dancers.

He concluded his set with a performance of Where Did You Go?, with Jax playing electric guitar on a podium above the stage while dancers dressed in yellow performed below him. 

Following the DJ was Elbow, who put on an amazing performance of One Day Like This that got the crowd waving their arms in the air and singing along to the popular hit.

Hits: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don't Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

Hits: After beginning with a rocking start, they then went on to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, getting the crowd of 22,000 people clapping and cheering, before going on to belt out We Are The Champions

Cheers: Adam Lambert performing during the Platinum Party At The Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace

Cheers: Adam Lambert performing during the Platinum Party At The Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace

Next up was Diversity, with Ashley Banjo kicking off the performance with a spoken word segment as the dance troupe paid tribute to The Beatles in their first routine.

The dance number followed the influence of music through time, with the group putting on a disco-inspired performance to Night Fever by the Bee Gees.

Ashley then got the crowd clapping along to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful before celebrating Britain’s musical subcultures – including rap and grime music – in a complex dance routine. 

Ashley ended their segment on the words, ‘where pop music goes from here, I’m exciting to see’, before Craig David appeared on stage in a sparkling blue tracksuit.

Legends: During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums

Legends: During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums

Legends: During their opening number, Brian May incredibly appeared up from behind a golden stage on a huge platform as he rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums

Comic: Lee Mack then took to the stage to host a presenting segment, where he comically paid tribute to the late singer Freddie by getting the crowd to cheer 'ay-o' before calling on the Royal box to do the same

Comic: Lee Mack then took to the stage to host a presenting segment, where he comically paid tribute to the late singer Freddie by getting the crowd to cheer ‘ay-o’ before calling on the Royal box to do the same

The singer, 41, did not fail to capture attention in his glittering ensemble as he belted out party anthem Ain’t Giving Up. 

He then got behind the DJ decks as he performed Re-Rewind before getting the crowds dancing along to Fill Me In while a London phone-box was projected on the screen behind him.

The line-up also includes Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Bond composer Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra.

Before the concert began, the Queen hilariously hosted a sketch with popular children’s character Paddington Bear, after her 007 sketch at the London 2012 Olympics.

Performance: DJ Jax Jones was the next singer to take to the stage and performed Instruction, with a special appearance from 10-year-old Nandi Bushell on the drums

The adorable moment saw Her Majesty enjoying tea and cake with Paddington, who wished her a ‘happy Jubilee’ and offered her his thanks before the show kicked off. 

Ahead of the Jubilee party, a sweet montage was aired with celebrities paying tribute to Her Majesty as they marked her 70-year reign.

Addressing the Queen, Dolly Parton said: ‘Thank you for being wonderful, you have been a shining diamond in this world for so long and everyone loves you, and I love you.’ 

While Michael Buble added: ‘I’d like to wish Your Majesty and family so much love.’

Jam-packed: The crowd in The Mall during the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Jam-packed: The crowd in The Mall during the Platinum Party at the Palace in the front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Amusing: Before the concert began, the Queen hilariously hosted a sketch with popular children's character Paddington Bear, after her 007 sketch at the London 2012 Olympics

Amusing: Before the concert began, the Queen hilariously hosted a sketch with popular children’s character Paddington Bear, after her 007 sketch at the London 2012 Olympics

Sweet: The adorable moment saw Her Majesty enjoying tea and cake with Paddington, who wished her a 'happy Jubilee' and offered her his thanks before the show kicked off

Sweet: The adorable moment saw Her Majesty enjoying tea and cake with Paddington, who wished her a ‘happy Jubilee’ and offered her his thanks before the show kicked off

And Geri Halliwell gushed: ‘Our Queen, kind, loving, strong, serving our country, the Commonwealth, uniting us all together, always putting others before yourself, you are truly inspirational inside and out, we love you.’

In a separate segment, Shirley Ballas paid tribute to the Queen as she sweetly said the monarch was the ‘epitome of girl power’.

‘Seventy years she has served our country, she is the epitome for me of girl power! I think she has got this really cheeky grin all the time and this wonderful demeanour that makes you feel comfortable,’ she said. ‘I’m proud to be British because of her.’

George Ezra also admitted his nerves ahead of taking to the stage for the much-anticipated Jubilee concert.

Ahead of the Jubilee party, a sweet montage was aired with celebrities paying tribute to Her Majesty as they marked her 70-year reign, with Dolly Parton sending her well wishes to the Queen

Ahead of the Jubilee party, a sweet montage was aired with celebrities paying tribute to Her Majesty as they marked her 70-year reign, with Dolly Parton sending her well wishes to the Queen

Amazing: Geri Halliwell gushed: 'Our Queen, kind, loving, strong, serving our country, the Commonwealth, uniting us all together, always putting others before yourself, you are truly inspirational inside and out, we love you'

Amazing: Geri Halliwell gushed: ‘Our Queen, kind, loving, strong, serving our country, the Commonwealth, uniting us all together, always putting others before yourself, you are truly inspirational inside and out, we love you’

‘It didn’t really dawn on me until we got here. It’s a big deal,’ he said. ‘We are just playing a small part in this big day.’ 

In an interview ahead of the performance, EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis reflected on Prince Charlies and Camilla visiting the set of the soap opera.

Rose, who won the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Giovanni Pernice, revealed that Camilla told her that she and her children all voted for her every week on the show.  

Rose said: ‘The Royal family vote for me, that’s just mad!’ 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee enters its third day today with the Epsom Derby and Party At The Palace concert, featuring Diana Ross, Sir Rod Stewart, Sam Ryder and more.

Getting ready: George Ezra also admitted his nerves ahead of taking to the stage for the much-anticipated Jubilee concert

Getting ready: George Ezra also admitted his nerves ahead of taking to the stage for the much-anticipated Jubilee concert

Visit: In an interview ahead of the performance, EastEnders' Rose Ayling-Ellis reflected on Prince Charlies and Camilla visiting the set of the soap opera

Visit: In an interview ahead of the performance, EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis reflected on Prince Charlies and Camilla visiting the set of the soap opera

Wow! Rose, who won the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Giovanni Pernice, revealed that Camilla told her that she and her children all voted for her every week on the show

Wow! Rose, who won the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Giovanni Pernice, revealed that Camilla told her that she and her children all voted for her every week on the show

They are part of a series of major events scheduled for the four-day extravaganza, which began on Thursday with Trooping the Colour and a jaw-dropping 71-aircraft Flypast.

The celebration will end on Sunday with a special Pageant celebrating the life of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch. 

During Saturday’s concert, Charles and William are preparing to deliver public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who will be watching on television from Windsor.

The evening will also feature appearances from sports figures and stars of the stage and screen.

Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet and Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds will all make appearances.

Band: Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen attend the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace backstage press room

Band: Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen attend the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace backstage press room 

Looking good: Jax Jones, 34, showcased his quirky sense of style in a blue Louis Vuitton jacket and his signature fluffy top hat

Looking good: Jax Jones, 34, showcased his quirky sense of style in a blue Louis Vuitton jacket and his signature fluffy top hat 

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