Saturday’s Platinum Jubilee festivities culminated in a spectacular royal party at the palace, full of musical tributes—and even a surprise appearance from the Queen herself!
The Mall was crowded with people for the Platinum Party at the Palace, which featured an incredible range of acts. Queen, Rod Stewart, and Diana Ross were headliners at the event, which also included performances from West End musicals and lots of royal tributes.
There was also a surprise video to kick things off, starring Paddington Bear and none other than the Queen herself!
The monarch cheekily revealed that she keeps a marmalade sandwich in her famous handbag, and she and Paddington drummed along to Queen’s “We Will Rock You” by tapping on their tea saucers. And she did it all while wearing the fabulous Cullinan V Brooch, made of diamonds set in (appropriately) platinum. Here’s a little clip from the video. It made me tear up a little at the end!
Though she made such a wonderful surprise appearance via video, the Queen was at Windsor during the concert. But almost the entire rest of the royal family was watching the show from the royal box.
The Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, led an emotional tribute to his mother, just before “God Save the Queen” was played near the end of the concert.
Camilla sparkled in a lovely embroidered coat for the evening, plus her diamond Magic Alhambra earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. The white bracelet on her left wrist was a special one distributed to those in attendance; it was used as part of the elaborate light show that was included in the performance.
The Cambridges, fresh off this morning’s trip to Wales, sat beside Charles and Camilla in the front row of the royal box.
The Duke of Cambridge delivered passionate and optimistic remarks about the environment, paying tribute to the work of his grandparents and his father, and speaking about his hopes for the next 70 years of progress.
The Duchess of Cambridge sparkled in modern diamond earrings from Robinson Pelham, previously worn during a tour of Scandinavia in 2018. She also wore her diamond cross pendant, which we’ve seen on several occasions.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were cheerful troopers, making it through the entire event with smiles on their faces, even after making the trip to Cardiff with their parents earlier in the day.
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence sat on the other side of Charles and Camilla.
Anne wore her gold and pearl drop earrings, plus a gold and diamond necklace.
Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, sat behind her, with his two daughters, Savannah and Isla, and his girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace. (Lots of these photos are going to be “spot the royals” opportunities. In the background here, you’ll be able to find Sophie Winkleman, Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston, James and Julia Ogilvy, and Lady Amelia Windsor and Lord Downpatrick.)
Zara and Mike Tindall were on the other side of the box, sitting behind the Duchess of Cambridge. (In the background, you can also spot the Earl of Ulster, Princess Michael of Kent, and Cassius Taylor.)
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, back from Northern Ireland, and their children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, were in the front row as well. (In the background: Savannah Phillips, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Jack Brooksbank, Lady Marina Windsor, Alexander Ogilvy, Timothy Vesterberg, Zenouska Mowatt, and Flora Vesterberg.)
Sophie wore a pair of earrings with large crystal drops, plus a necklace that appears to feature a star design in crystal.
Here’s Princess Beatrice and Edo arriving at their seats.
Beatrice didn’t wear much jewelry for the concert, but she did carry a clutch bag with lovely beaded embellishments.
And here’s Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
Eugenie kept her jewelry simple, wearing a necklace with a gold disc pendant and rings on both hands.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester had front-row seats for the concert. (In the background here: Lord Nicholas Windsor, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Chattos, and Lady Helen Taylor.)
Birgitte wore pieces from the Gloucester pearl and emerald suite for the event.
I thought I’d wrap up the post with a few more wider shots of the royal box. Along with several others that I’ve mentioned earlier, Timothy Taylor is visible here, as well as Lord Frederick Windsor, Viscount Linley, and Countess Mountbatten.
Here, at the end of the third row on the right, you’ll spot the Earl and Countess of St. Andrews. Their children (Edward, Marina, and Amelia) are in the fourth row toward the middle of the photo.)
And here’s an even wider shot. Along with the family members we’ve already mentioned, you’ll be able to spot George and Lady Rose Gilman with their daughter, Lyla, in the seventh row (behind Princess Alexandra’s grandchildren).