HOW did they top the Golden Jubilee party in 2002 when Brian May played guitar on the roof of Buckingham Palace?
No one knew, but Queen still made it to the opening of the Platinum Party at the Palace.
May appeared in a puff of smoke high above the main stage in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial statue.
The previous Queen might not have been amused, but the flag-waving crowd that stretched down the Mall and smiled at the Queen’s brilliant video with Paddington Bear was delighted.
Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert opened with We Will Rock You.
The real life queen watching from Windsor and 30 royals with 22,000 invited guests for the 2½ hour extravaganza wondering where May would appear.
Ahead of the star-studded show, the 74-year-old rocker teased: “We’re very excited.
Everyone has asked if we can tower over the roof of the palace in the Golden Jubilee
“We’ve been working on it and we have an interesting new place to go.”
The crowd, led by Prince Charles and Camilla, William, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, went wild as he appeared over the main stage.
With PM Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie in the audience, Lambert and the Queen duo headed to Don’t Stop Me Now and We Are the Champions.
Pointing to the palace gates, comedian Lee Mack was ecstatic as he said, “Who knew you could say Party & Gate and that’s a positive.”
DJ Jax Jones enjoyed every moment of his three-minute set, just as he promised.
The audience, which included 7,000 key workers keeping Britain running during the pandemic, swayed with Elbow and the Citizens of the World choir.
Thousands lined The Mall to catch a glimpse of the event on giant screens.
Aisha Kasim, 37, a university learning support worker, flew in from Aberdeen with mum Mae.
She said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Lucy Morris, 39, who traveled from Durham with son Lucas Wainwright, 14, said: “It’s an honor to be here.
“I look forward to seeing the royals come out.”
Lincolnshire couple Malcolm, 65, and Mandy Tipple, 59, wore Union Jacks and matching face paint.
Mandy said: “I’m just proud to be British so to be here is a dream come true.”
Diversity took the audience on a three-minute 70-year journey through British pop, from Dusty Springfield to The Beatles, through the flames of Saturday Night Fever to Brit Pop, Spice Girls and Adele.
Craig David, who had watched previous anniversaries with his mother at her Southampton council flat, emerged from behind the decks to enjoy every moment of a special anniversary version of his TS5 show.
Singer-songwriter Mimi Webb set fire to Buck House in her silver boots, while Andrew Lloyd Webber, the king of musicals, said the Queen’s 70-year reign “had overtaken every theatrical show in history”.
Lord Lloyd-Webber had worried about performing a duet on stage with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who got a huge cheer as he sang about how we all got a four-day bank holiday.
The line-ups of West End hits Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King and Divorced also performed.
Jason Donovan donned his dream coat again to sing “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat.
In a recorded message, 007 star Daniel Craig, who walked with the Queen through Buckingham Palace in her famous 2012 Olympics video, said: “I’d follow you anywhere.”
Former US President’s wife Michelle Obama thanked the Queen for welcoming a nervous first lady to Buckingham Palace and for her kindness to her children.
Eurovision star Sam Ryder, who was making songs in his bedroom two years ago, sang Spaceman in a sparkling Union Jack suit.
Prince William – in the front row of the Royal Box – cheered and sang along as George Ezra pulled out the shotgun.
While Prince Charles and Camilla led the Royals, including a weary looking Princess Charlotte, Union Jacks waved while Rod Stewart sang Sweet Caroline.
Sir Rod appeared annoyed at having to perform a cover of the Neil Diamond classic and claimed the BBC forced him to do it.
He told the crowd: “This is fun for me to sing but the BBC made me sing it. Join us – make me comfortable.”
Olympic gold medalists Tom Daly and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill thanked the Queen for all the support she has given the sports stars.
They introduced the Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who has been blind for 12 years and who sang the soccer World Cup anthem Nessun Dorma.
Princess Di’s favorite band Duran Duran, starring Simon Le Bon, 63, sang Girls on Film while the Queen’s fashions over the years were projected onto the front of the palace.
Dame Julie Andrews, 86, and Sir Mo Farah, 39, paid tribute to the Queen’s commitment, while tennis star Emma Raducanu, 19, praised her ability to “keep calm at all times”.
The predicted thunderstorms didn’t materialize as darkness fell and torches lit up the crowd as Alicia Keys, 41, sang Superwoman and New York at the piano.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5491672/platinum-party-queen-royals-jubilee-mall/ Inside, the spectacular Platinum Party features a star-studded cast as thousands line the Mall to watch alongside the Royal Family