HRH might be the Queen but she’s a mother and wife as well, and looked visibly moved when her son Prince Charles paid tribute to his father who was hospitalised earlier in the day.
The Queen, who glittered in a gorgeous gold gown with ruffle detailing, was escorted on stage by Gary Barlow after Paul McCartney’s performance, meanwhile Kylie Minogue showed Camilla Duchess of Cornwall the way.
The thousands strong audience lining the Mall outside Buckingham Palace laughed when Prince Charles called the monarch “mummy” showing a more down to earth side to the Royal Family.
He said: “I’m sure you want me to thank all the wonderful people who made tonight possible: all the performers, the artists, the musicians, the comedians who made such jolly good jokes, Gary Barlow for helping to make the whole thing possible, and above all all those remarkable technicians - all 600 of them behind the scenes -without which nothing would happen.”
He added: “If I may say s so your majesty, thank god the weather turned out fine! - and the reason for that of course is because I didn’t do the forecast!” referring to his recent cameo appearance reading the weather forecast on the BBC.
Talking about the absence of his father he said: “The only the sad thing about this evening is that my father couldn’t be with us. Unfortunately he’s taken unwell - if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital.”
The Queen looked moved by his tribute and soon the crowd was chanting “Philip” in the hope that the Duke of Edinburgh might hear from his hospital bed.
After his speech the Queen was presented with a commemorative diamond which she used to light the a beacon. Other beacons will be lit around the country, including from the top of Ben Nevis and Snowdon.
The evening’s entertainment was brought to a close by a dramatic firework presentation designed with a diamond theme where some 5000 individual fireworks were let off accompanied by glorious music.
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