LONDON (Parliament politics Magazine) – At the Platinum Party at the Palace, which drew large crowds, the Prince of Wales offered a poignant tribute to his “mummy,” the Queen.
Charles said, “You laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, have been there for us, for these 70 years.”
He went on to say that serving the public “gets my mother up in the morning” and paid thanks to her on behalf of the world.
On Sunday, the Jubilee celebrations will come to a close with a massive pageant near Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a carnival procession up The Mall with huge puppets and celebrities, will portray major occasions from the seven decades she has been on the throne.
The Big Jubilee Lunch, which will take place across the UK, will also include street celebrations.
Although the Queen did not attend the event on Saturday, she did open it with a privately pre-recorded comedy sketch starring Paddington Bear.
In it, the two figures enjoy a frantic cream tea at Buckingham Palace, with the famed bear guzzling his tea straight from the teapot and mistakenly shooting a splodge of cream at the footman.
He then stated that he always has a stash of his favourite snack, a marmalade sandwich, in his bag.
“So do I,” the Queen replied, smiling and chuckling, before opening her bag and saying, “I keep mine in here.”
The scene brought up memories of the Queen’s meeting with James Bond at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, when the monarch appeared to fly down from the skies with the fictional spy.
At the ceremony, Prince William spoke about his family’s history of voicing environmental concerns and his hope that people will band together to defend the globe.
22,000 people packed The Mall for the star-studded concert, which featured performances by a variety of music artists as well as performances by actors and athletes from the stage and film.
Sir Elton John, Craig David, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, George Ezra and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder performed songs, with Prince William and his family were seen moving in their seats to Sir Rod Stewart’s rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”
The cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and many Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, along with a song from Six, the West End piece about Henry VIII’s wives, performed.
Doc Brown, the actor and rapper also gave a rundown of British and Commonwealth athletic achievements. The audience also heard Andrea Bocelli, an Italian tenor, perform Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.
Over 30 members of the Royal Family attended the celebration. Harry and Meghan, whose daughter Lilibet celebrated her first birthday on Saturday, did not attend.
The two-and-a-half-hour extravaganza began with Adam Lambert the group Queen performing on the Victoria Memorial monument, 20 years after guitarist Brian May memorably gave a performance on the roof of the palace for the Golden Jubilee concert.
Diana Ross finished the programme with her first live performance in the United Kingdom in 15 years.
“I wanted to pay my own tribute to your decades of selfless service on behalf of all of us.”
He went on to discuss the Queen’s “strength and stay,” as well as his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last year. He stated that he was certain he was present in spirit.
“My papa would have enjoyed the show and joined us wholeheartedly in celebrating all you continue to do for your country and your people,” he said.
He went on to remark that the Queen was still making history, and that she had helped to make the Commonwealth a powerful force for good. And in between the labour, there was still time for enjoyment, he continued.
He stated she had promised to serve for the rest of her life and had kept her word.
“You have been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness,” he added.
“These pictures on your house are the story of your life – and ours,” he remarked as photographs of the Queen during her reign were projected onto the façade of Buckingham Palace.
“That is why, Your Majesty, we all say, ‘Thank you.'”
‘Unleash the best of humanity’
Prince William, the grandson of the Queen, spoke during a segment dedicated to environmental issues.
It began with comments from Sir David Attenborough, and the gathering heard archive audio of the Queen talking about the planet’s future in 1989 as pictures of the natural world were displayed on to Buckingham Palace and Hans Zimmer music was played.
Prince William, who champions the issues of the environment, stated that the natural world has become more delicate during the Queen’s lifetime.
He claimed that the Queen had spent decades making the case for bettering the world, and that restoring it had never been more important.