Buckingham Palace to be transformed into Britain’s largest screen for Platinum Jubilee concert

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Buckingham Palace will be turned into a projection mapped display for Platinum Party at the Palace
Buckingham Palace will be turned into a projection mapped display for Platinum Party at the Palace

For one night only, Buckingham Palace will be home to Britain's largest big screen as part of the Platinum Jubilee concert.

Acts including Andrea Bocelli and Duran Duran will perform alongside Craig David and George Ezra during the two and a half hour event on Saturday June 4, held across three stages.

The entire front of Buckingham Palace will become a projection-mapped display, making it the UK’s biggest screen for the night.

Images will be displayed onto the front of Buckingham Palace using projection mapping
Images will be displayed onto the front of Buckingham Palace using projection mapping
Buckingham Palace will be turned into a spectacular display for the concert
Buckingham Palace will be turned into a spectacular display for the concert

Queen + Adam Lambert will open the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace concert, with a special performance marking the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

It will come 20 years after Brian May, the guitarist, performed God Save The Queen on Buckingham Palace's roof during a show marking the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Brian May famously performed God Save The Queen on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the 2002 Golden Jubilee - Sean Dempsey
Brian May famously performed God Save The Queen on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the 2002 Golden Jubilee - Sean Dempsey

The line-up will also include Ella Eyre, Mabel, Elbow, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and Hans Zimmer, the Bond composer.

May said: "Twenty years after playing the Queen's glorious Golden Jubilee, we're very happy to be invited again.

"There was a moment when I wondered - after Buckingham Palace roof, where can you go? Well, you will see!"

The evening will also feature appearances from sports figures and stars of the stage and screen.

Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet and Ellie Simmonds, the Paralympian swimmer, will all make appearances.

Fresh from coming second at Eurovision in Italy, Sam Ryder will also perform live, while there will be a pre-recorded performance from Sir Elton John.

Diversity, the dance troupe that won Britain’s Got Talent, will also make an appearance.

The event will conclude with a performance by Diana Ross, the soul legend - her first UK live performance in 15 years.

She said: "I have had the honour of meeting the Queen many times throughout my life, including when I was with my family.

"Her Majesty has, and continues to be, such an incredible inspiration to so many across the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such a momentous and historic occasion."

The evening will highlight global themes that have emerged or evolved during the Queen's reign. These include British and Commonwealth contributions in the fields of fashion, sport, the environment, pop music and musicals.

The latter section will be curated by Andrew Lloyd Webber and feature a special appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton. There will also be performances featuring the casts of The Phantom Of The Opera, Six, The Lion King, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Coverage will be led by Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp, with 22,000 people attending. A total of 10,000 tickets will be allocated in a public ballot. There will be 7,500 tickets for key workers, members of the Armed Forces, volunteers and charity workers.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC's chief content officer, said: "We are thrilled to be bringing the nation together for this incredible, once in a lifetime event, broadcast live across the BBC with an amazing star-studded line-up of performers to celebrate the Queen's momentous 70 years on the throne."

Further details and additional artists will be confirmed closer to the event.

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