Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, a handful of Hell’s Angels, a gospel choir of 5,000 and a throng of close to 1 million onlookers turned out to help England’s Queen Elizabeth celebrate 50 years on the throne over the weekend at London’s Buckingham Palace.
Eric Clapton, Ricky Martin, S Club 7, Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, the Corrs, Aretha Franklin, Sir Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Mis-Teeq, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard and Will Young also turned out for the event, which played to a global television audience of millions more over the course of the weekend-long celebration, according to Reuters.
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee weekend kicked off Saturday and came to a climax with Monday’s pop concert. The young-at-heart 76-year-old Queen started the star-studded evening by leading the nation in a rousing rendition of the mop-top favorite “All You Need Is Love.”
Queen guitarist Brian May then took to the roof of Buckingham Palace in front of 12,000 ticket holders (and a million more outside the palace gates) for a solo performance of the national anthem “God Save the Queen.”
After light ceremonies, classical music performances, fireworks, some hardcore church-going and a closing concert, the festivities wrapped up Tuesday. The lights went down on Buckingham as the Hell’s Angels joined a gospel choir of 5,000 in a carnival procession. After the parade, the tired Queen waved to the masses from a Buckingham Palace balcony, closing the Jubilee weekend.
Stateside fans can catch a broadcast of the Party at the Palace on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m (ET) on VH1.