Tonight’s Diamond Jubilee concert has been organised by Take That’s Gary Barlow, and it continues jubilee celebrations across the weekend. Yesterday saw a flotilla of over 1000 ships brave the rain and sail past Her Majesty on the Thames in an impressive tribute.
Tonight’s concert will end with The Queen lighting one of 4,500 beacons that will be lit up across the world to mark her 60 years on the throne.
Audience members for today’s celebrations are made up of 10,000 winners in a public ballot and around 2,000 VIP guests from charities that have a royal connection in some way.
Ahead of the concert, they will treated to a picnic put together by Heston Blumenthal and royal chef Mark Flanagan. Food within will include tea-smoked Scottish salmon, chilled garden soup, a coronation chicken-inspired dish, and strawberry crumble made from fruit grown on the Queen's Sandringham estate.
80s pop band Madness will then open proceedings by playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, in a move mirroring Queen’s Brian May performance of the national anthem for the Golden Jubilee celebrations ten years ago.
Other acts performing tonight include Elton John, Stevie Wonder and more modern pop music in the form of Jesse J and JLS.
Sir Paul McCartney will be playing, following today’s announcement that The Beatles are the most successful singles act of The Queen’s reign, to the surprise of no one.
Stevie Wonder said in a statement: "It's an honour to celebrate the Queen. It's an honour to celebrate Great Britain. The time is overdue that I meet Her Majesty."
At some point in the evening, Gary Barlow will be premiering a live version of the song Sing, the track that he and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote, and then travelled the world to record in each country of the commonwealth.
The concert will begin at 7.30 this evening.