The rock band Queen and Paddington Bear started their jubilee party

The rock band Queen and Paddington Bear started their jubilee party

London – Queen Elizabeth II may have to miss a star-studded party in London in her honor on Saturday, but she brought down the house when she appeared in a surprising video recorded with another British national treasure: Paddington Bear.

The 96-year-old said she shared Paddington’s love of marmalade sandwiches in a surprising video, delighting thousands who gathered outside Buckingham Palace on the third day of platinum jubilee splendor to mark 70 years on the throne.

Rock band Queen and Adam Lambert began the outdoor show outside the mansion, and it will be followed by Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Rod Stewart and opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Diana Ross will conclude the show with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years.

Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen’s son and grandson, will address a live audience of 22,000 and millions more watching on TV.

The Queen has had mobility problems recently, which the palace describes as “occasional mobility issues”, which have limited her public appearances in recent months. But her absence from the party did not dampen the atmosphere of the party among the crowds.

It’s a magical experience…I’ve been really excited, can’t wait to get there now and start dancing,” said Sam Ahkwim, from Cornwall in southwest England.

The King also chose not to attend the Epsom derby on Saturday. Instead, she was represented at the prestigious annual horse race by her daughter Princess Anne, who appeared at the royal box with her family while the crowd cheered.

The Queen is widely known as a fan of horses and has missed a few times at the Epsom Derby. On Saturday, five of her former horses were paraded, and 40 jockeys who rode the Queen made up a guard of honor before the national anthem was played.

β€œShe has been raising horses for over 60 years. She has lined up part of the course with her fellow jockeys, to the BBC that she knows all bloodlines and has won many races and is very knowledgeable.

“I am sure that today she will find a TV and watch it live, because she loves the derby very much,” he added.

This was the second time in as many days that transportation problems deprived the Queen of the opportunity to see her.

On Friday, the Queen skipped a special Thanksgiving party in her honor at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Palace officials said she had experienced “some discomfort” in the events of the previous day, which included waving to huge crowds from Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered on Friday in St Paul to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since they stepped back from their royal duties and moved to California two years ago.

Aside from attending Friday mass, the couple has remained out of the limelight so far. Their two children, Archie and Lillibet, who came of age on Saturday, have yet to appear during this trip. A spokesperson for the couple said they would not join about 30 other members of the royal family at Saturday’s party and were spending the day “in private”.

Meanwhile, other members of the royal family have traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations across the UK.

William and his wife Kate brought two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales ahead of a separate concert on the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited a 1950s-style seaside amusement park in Belfast. Edward tried his hand at pulling a pint of Guinness in a restaurant, while Sophie participated in a dance show in the 1950s and 1960s.

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