Stars dazzle at Queen's Jubilee concert, but Prince Philip absent in hospital
The Prince Consort was admitted with a bladder infection, though much of the rest of the Royal Family was present.
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It was the veteran entertainers who went down best. The crowd roared along to Cliff Richard's "Congratulations," and cheered Bassey singing — fittingly — "Diamonds are Forever." Prince Harry could be seen singing along — "Why, why why?" — as Tom Jones belted out "Delilah," while Prince William and his wife Catherine joined in on John's "Crocodile Rock."
Ska band Madness performed 80s hit "Our House" on the palace roof, changing the lyrics to "Our house, in the middle of one's street."
The queen may not like to rock'n'roll but she has plenty of fans among rock's elite.
Before the show, Elton John paid tribute to the monarch's constancy.
"She's not trendy, she doesn't follow any fads," John told the BBC. "She's stoic, she's brilliant, she's wise, she's funny, and we're all really happy to be here."
McCartney closed the concert playing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" on a Union Jack guitar before the queen took the stage with her family — but without Philip, who until Monday had been her constant companion throughout the jubilee celebrations.
He had joined the queen and senior royals on the River Thames in cold and blustery weather Sunday for a pageant in honor of Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne
The prince, who married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, has cut back on official engagements in recent years but still maintains a busy schedule. He spent four nights in the hospital over Christmas after suffering chest pains and underwent a successful coronary stent procedure to clear a blocked artery.
The palace said Philip was "understandably, disappointed about missing this evening's Diamond Jubilee Concert," as well as a St. Paul's Cathedral service and other jubilee events planned for Tuesday.
"I'm very sorry he's going to miss the concert because he's really part of the celebration," said Canadian tourist Marielle Demorsce. "He's part of the 60 years, he's put in a lot of work with the queen to appear all over the world and we love him too so very much."
The jubilee was being marked around the world in members of the 54-nation Commonwealth of former British colonies.
At the end of the concert, the queen lit the last in a chain of more than 4,200 commemorative beacons that have been set alight in Britain and abroad.
One beacon was lit in Kenya at the Treetops Hotel, where Elizabeth was informed of her father's death in 1952, making her the queen.
Although not everyone has embraced the jubilee — anti-monarchists have protested, and some 2 million Britons used the four-day holiday weekend to leave the country — many said it gave them a sense of pride.
"Sixty years on the throne is a remarkable achievement," said 47-year-old Dean Caston, who joined the crowds outside the palace on Monday. "People knock Britain and how depressed we are, but this weekend you can see we have got a lot to be proud of."