Queen Elizabeth... celebrating her Diamond Jubilee which marks her 60-year reign as Monarch.
NATIONAL: When it comes to music Queen Elizabeth is fond of a blast from the bagpipes. But she’ll also get a touch of true Australian music later tonight as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which mark her 60-year reign as Monarch.
One of several events planned to mark the Queen’s Milestone, a grand event is being staged in front of Buckingham Palace, with international artists representing each decade of the Queen’s reign.
Aboriginal artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu will also be on stage and is featured in a track, Sing, written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Gary Barlow especially for the Jubilee.
“The song starts with a little girl from Kenya, where the Queen’s reign started,” Barlow said. “The last person to sing is Gurrumul, who has been blind since birth.”
Kylie Minogue is also performing: “It’s exciting,” she said of her concert involvement. ”I love London at the moment. I was joking saying: ‘I’m ready to put my bunting up.’ You can’t help getting swept up in the jubilee, and the Olympics is coming. It’s very exciting.”
Some 200 people from across the Commonwealth collaborated on the song, with Prince Harry playing the tambourine, Barlow said.
“The single ends with a blast of bagpipes … they are one of Her Majesty’s favourite things so we had to include them,” he said.
Ironically, even the bagpipes have a touch of the ‘Aussie’.
“I recorded our bagpipers in Australia, of all places. They are the Canberra Bagpipe Orchestra, but they had been taught by Scots pipers so the DNA is there.”
Ten thousand tickets have been issued for the concert spectacular, which will be performed on a circular stage surrounding the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of the palace.
The Queen and Prince Philip, along with other senior royals, will be in the audience to see a star-studded line-up that also includes Elton John, Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard, Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, and Ed Sheeran.
* The Nine Network and its regional affiliates will show the Diamond Jubilee Concert at 8pm (AEST) on Tuesday. – with AAP.