LONDON — Two future monarchs will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at a special concert outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday, day three of the platinum jubilee extravaganza celebrating her 70 years on the throne.
Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen’s son and grandson, are expected to speak to 22,000 viewers and millions more on television. The event, starring Alicia Keys and Queen + Adam Lambert, will take place in a temporary amphitheater built around the Victoria Memorial outside the palace.
David Beckham and tennis player Emma Raducanu will also be in attendance, while Diana Ross will close the show with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years. The concert is also expected to include a pre-recorded performance by Elton John.
The 96-year-old monarch is not expected to attend the evening’s outdoor event due to rain forecasts. The Queen has been struggling to move around lately in what the palace describes as “episodic mobility issues”, limiting her public appearances in recent months.
The sovereign opted not to take part in the Epsom Derby on Saturday. Instead, she was represented at the prestigious annual horse race by her daughter Princess Anne, who appeared in the royal box on Saturday to cheer on the crowds and wave Union flags.
It was the second time in as many days that the Queen’s mobility issues have deprived the crowds of a chance to see her.
On Friday theat St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Palace officials said she experienced “some discomfort” at events the day before.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since they retired from royal duties and moved to California two years ago.
In another sign of the thawing of relationships, royal accounts on Twitter wished Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet a happy first birthday. Lilibet turned one year old on Saturday. She and her older brother Archie have yet to show up during this trip.
“Happy 1st Birthday to Lilibet!” the royal family account tweeted.
Meanwhile, other members of the royal family traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations across Britain
William and his wife Kate took two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales before hosting a separate concert in the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.
The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited Northern Ireland for 1950s-style celebrations.