Queen Elizabeth II kicks off coronation party over tea with Paddington Bear
The Platinum Party at the Palace officially kicked off Saturday night at Buckingham Palace with an opening skit featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving comic book character from ‘Darkest Peru’, sharing a meal , reports “Variety”.
“Perhaps you would like a marmalade sandwich?” Paddington Bear asks Her Majesty, procuring a sticky treat from her red bucket hat. “I always keep one for emergencies.”
“Me too,” the queen replies, presenting her own sandwich after rummaging through her bag with a broad smile. “I keep mine here.” Paddington Bear, incidentally, came into this world in 1958, six years after the Queen’s coronation.
The sketch reminded observers of the Queen’s ability to surprise the world, despite her advanced age, as she did in the James Bond act starring Daniel Craig at the opening of the London Olympics in 2012.
The live-action portion of the event then opened with Adam Lambert and Queen taking the stage to perform for the Buckingham Palace audience, with the crowd beating the familiar boom-boom-clap of “We Will Rock You”. Inside the palace, the queen and the bear played the rock anthem using the teacup, saucer and teaspoon.
The number ended with Brian May emerging atop the stage, shredding the song’s ending guitar riff while surrounded by smoke, ‘Variety’ reports.
The show then moved on to renditions of “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “We Are the Champions.”
The concert setlist included appearances from Jax Jones, Mabel, Stefflon Dun, Elbow, Craig David, George Ezra, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mimi Webb, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sir Elton John, Diversity, Sam Ryder, Sir Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Celeste, Sigala and Ella Eyre, Mica Paris and Diana Ross.
The Platinum Party at the Palace is part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The national holiday started on Thursday and will end on Sunday.
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