Charles and William set to pay heartfelt tributes to the Queen’s 70 years of service


Prince Charles and Prince William will take centre stage in front of a crowd of 22,000 to pay tribute to the Queen during a star-studded Jubilee concert this evening. 

The father and son – both future kings – will speak separately in honour of the monarch towards the end of the BBC’s open-air Party at the Palace show, staged in the front of Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening.

Clarence House and Kensington Palace announced both Charles and William would address the crowds at the high profile event, which falls on the third evening of the four-day Jubilee festivities. 

It is thought unlikely the Queen will attend the concert but confirmation of any movements will be released later today. 

She will not attend Saturday’s Epsom Derby Day, but is expected to be glued to the TV, watching the developments from Windsor. Princess Anne will appear in her place. 

Harry and Meghan are also expected to be absent from Jubilee celebrations today, with the couple celebrating daughter Lilibet’s first birthday at Windsor. According to Omid Scobie, they will mark the birthday ‘together privately as a family’.

William and Kate are set to visit concert rehearsals in Cardiff Castle as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, while Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex are to travel to Northern Ireland. 

Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo were pictured leaving the Maison Estelle private member’s club at 1am last night. 

Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla depart the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral 

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

It is thought unlikely the Queen will attend the concert but confirmation of any movements will be released later today. She will not attend Saturday's Epsom Derby Day

It is thought unlikely the Queen will attend the concert but confirmation of any movements will be released later today. She will not attend Saturday’s Epsom Derby Day 

Prince Harry smiles as he arrives back at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor after attending the service at St Paul's Cathedral yesterday

Prince Harry smiles as he arrives back at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor after attending the service at St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday

It is thought royal aides may be trying to help the Queen rest to ensure she will be able to make an appearance at Sunday's closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (Pictured: Queen on balcony on Thursday)

It is thought royal aides may be trying to help the Queen rest to ensure she will be able to make an appearance at Sunday’s closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (Pictured: Queen on balcony on Thursday) 

The Queen delighted crowds on Thursday with an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony, where she is expected to appear again after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday.

However she was unable to attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, after experiencing some ‘discomfort’ during the first day of celebrations. 

She has also spent some personal time with the Sussexes, who have brought their children Archie and Lilibet over from the US – the latter of whom the monarch has met for the first time this weekend. 

The Derby on Saturday June 4 was to be a personal highlight for the Queen during the four days of Jubilee festivities.

The head of state, a passionate horse owner and breeder, was due to be greeted on the course with a special guard of honour including up to 40 of her past and present jockeys. 

In the evening today, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd 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 celebrity acts set to perform. 

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

The Queen, 96, who has been facing ongoing mobility problems, pulled out of attending the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after experiencing discomfort following two balcony appearances and a beacon lighting on Thursday.

Nearly 50 members of the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined in honour of the absent head of state for the religious occasion.

The Duchess of Cambridge said later the Queen had enjoyed Thursday’s celebrations but the day had been ‘very tiring’.

Saturday is the first birthday of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, who travelled with the Sussexes and older brother Archie for her first visit to the UK.

The Party at the Palace will be set on three stages in front of the Queen’s London residence.

Soul legend Ross will close the two-and-a-half hour show with her first UK live performance in 15 years.

Royal aides are said to be taking a 'bookend' approach to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday's show-stopping finale pageant. (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)

Royal aides are said to be taking a ‘bookend’ approach to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they prioritise getting the monarch on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Sunday’s show-stopping finale pageant. (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 member's club Maison Estelle for drinks last night

Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo went to the private member’s club Maison Estelle for drinks last night

They were pictured leaving the Maison Estelle private member's club at 1am last night

They were pictured leaving the Maison Estelle private member’s club at 1am last night 

Star including Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham and Stephen Fry will also feature, as well as a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John.

The evening will highlight global themes that have emerged or evolved during the the Queen’s reign including British and Commonwealth contributions in the fields of fashion, sport, the environment and pop music.

The Queen finally got to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet in a private meeting at Windsor.

It is believed that Harry and Meghan took their children to Windsor Castle to see their great-grandmother soon after they arrived in the UK, given the Queen’s current mobility problems, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Lilibet was, somewhat controversially, named in tribute to the Queen, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet. It was coined when the then Princess Elizabeth was a toddler in the 1920s and struggled to pronounce her own name properly.

The Queen’s father George VI was quoted as saying of his daughters: ‘Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.’

The nickname was also used by the monarch’s late husband, Prince Philip, as well as close family and friends.

At the time, many saw the Sussexes’ decision to name their daughter after the Queen as an attempt to emphasise their links with the Royal Family at a time when they were setting up lucrative commercial deals as part of their new independent lives in the US.

Buckingham Palace also became embroiled in a row over whether the Queen was consulted over the name in advance.

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