The Epsom Derby will pay tribute to the Queen
The queen may be absent from the Epsom Derby, this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (French time), she will be celebrated there.
Forty retired jockeys will form a guard of honor on the track, dressed in purple, gold and red gowns, the colors of the Queen, according to information from the jockeyclub of Great Britain.
The queen’s gallery will be renamed and will now bear her name. Finally, images of the queen taking care of horses will be broadcast on this occasion.
It is only the fourth time that the queen, who owns racehorses, misses this horse race organized since 1780 in Epsom, south-west of London. She will be represented by her daughter, Princess Anne, also a horse riding enthusiast.
This Derby, one of the most prestigious flat races in the world, is a 2.423 meter race reserved for 3-year-old colts.
Horse racing is also a very lucrative business for the Queen. According to an article from Times in 2017, she would have won nearly 8 million euros in 30 years, betting on horse races.
Nile Rodgers has never seen ‘the country so happy’
A joyous parenthesis of patriotic unity in an ocean of gloom, the jubilee celebrations continue this Saturday with a giant concert.
The legendary American musician Nile Rodgers, who is one of the stars who will perform this evening, was also delighted at the microphone of the BBC of the “incredibly festive” atmosphere which reigns in the country.
“I’ve been playing in the UK since the early 1970s and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the country so happy, bustling and decorated. I expect the gig to be absolutely crazy,” he added .
From Duran Duran to Diana Ross, the stars expected at the concert tonight
Duran Duran, Queen + Adam Lambert and Diana Ross will ignite the crowds on Saturday evening in London, during a giant concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II with a rain of stars, on the third day of the historic festivities of her 70 years of reign.
The televised concert on Saturday evening, held on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace, will be opened by the group Queen + Adam Lambert. American diva Diana Ross, 78, “absolutely delighted to have been asked to perform on such an important occasion”, will end it two and a half hours later, her first live performance in the UK for 15 years .
Among the artists and celebrities announced, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, the composer Hans Zimmer (who notably composed the soundtrack of the 25th James Bond), the British singers Ella Eyre, Mabel and Mimi Webb, the naturalist David Attenborough, tennis champion Emma Raducanu, ex-footballer David Beckham, actress Julie Andrews…
Kate and William visiting Cardiff
If Meghan and Harry have to spend the day in Windsor to celebrate their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday, Kate and William are expected this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. They are accompanied by their two eldest, George (9 years old) and Charlotte (7 years old). Prince Louis, the real star of the first day of the Jubilee, is not on the trip.
They must attend the preparations for a concert which takes place at the end of the afternoon at Cardiff Castle, before giant screens are installed to allow spectators to follow the concert in London.
Other members of the royal family are now touring the country. Princess Anne, daughter of the Queen, is in Scotland. She was seen at Edinburgh Zoo. She fed penguins there. Finally, Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, is expected in Northern Ireland, in Belfast.
The birthday of young Lilibet
This Saturday, June 4, also marks the birthday of young Lilibet, daughter of Harry and Meghan and great-granddaughter of the Queen, whose nickname she affectionately gave her from her family.
If the queen met little Lilibet on Friday, who is one year old today, no official photo has been released. This was her first meeting with her California-born great-granddaughter.
Fiercely protecting the anonymity of their children, Archie and Lilibet, the Sussexes share the official photos in dribs and drabs. We discovered little Lilibet last December, on the couple’s greeting card.
Giant concert and tribute to the Queen
A shower of celebrities and 22,000 spectators are expected this Saturday evening for a concert in honor of the queen.
The group Queen + Adam Lambert will open the concert held on three stages in front of Buckingham palace, creating a 360-degree experience, and the American diva Diana Ross, 78, will end it two and a half hours later, her first live performance in the UK for 15 years.
Among the artists and celebrities announced, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, the composer Hans Zimmer (who notably composed the soundtrack of the 25th James Bond), the British singers Ella Eyre, Mabel and Mimi Webb, the naturalist David Attenborough, tennis champion Emma Raducanu, ex-footballer David Beckham, actress Julie Andrews…
Elton John also recorded a special tribute for this evening celebrating the contribution of the United Kingdom and the countries of the Commonwealth to music, the environment, sport and musical comedy, during the 70 years of reign of the queen.
Prince Charles, 73, heir to the crown, and his son William, 39, second in line of succession, are expected to pay tribute there to their mother and grandmother, who plans to watch the concert on television.
A horse race without the queen
Queen Elizabeth is passionate about horses and horse racing. Herself an emeritus rider, she attended, visibly delighted to be there, at the “Royal Windsor Horse Show” on May 13th. And in one of the recent official photos unveiled by Buckingham, on the occasion of the Queen’s real birthday, April 21, she poses between two ponies.
But after a trying day on Thursday, punctuated by two appearances on the balcony of Buckingham and the illumination, in the evening, of luminary signals, the 96-year-old queen remains at rest.
Third day of celebration in Great Britain
Hello and welcome to this live, on this Saturday, June 4, which marks the third day of festivities for the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
After a military parade on Thursday, followed by the queen and the royal family, and a religious service on Friday, without the monarch, this time around, this Saturday will be punctuated by a horse race, the Derby at Epsom Down and above all, in the evening , with a big concert at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen continues to rest at Windsor Castle, and will not attend the horse race.
Find here the complete program of this third day of jubilee.