LONDON — Prince Charles led tributes to his mother at a Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday.
On the third day of the event to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th jubilee, Charles told thousands of people that she had “been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness.”
The Queen, 96, did not attend the concert and has not appeared in public since Thursday, when she was seen with other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. She did not attend a thanksgiving service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday due to mobility issues.
Charles told the crowd he wanted to “pay my own tribute to your lifetime of selfless service.”
He said she promised to serve throughout her life and continue to deliver. “That’s why we’re here. That’s what we’re celebrating tonight,” he said.
As he spoke, photos of the Queen have been projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace over the years. Handpicked by the Prince, they featured historic moments during the Queen’s reign, including her coronation and a meeting with the late South African human rights leader, Nelson Mandela.
“We think of everything you have done to make the Commonwealth such an important force for good. They continue to make history,” Charles said.
Referring to his father, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, Charles said he was “missed dearly” but was “sure he is here in spirit”.
Diana Ross, Elton John and Duran Duran were among those performing at the concert.
Prince William also paid tribute to his grandmother at Cardiff Castle in Wales.
Elsewhere in the UK, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, privately celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday.
The Queen and other royals wished her a happy birthday on their official Twitter accounts.
The couple made their first public appearance of the anniversary at Thanksgiving service after traveling to the UK from their native California.