STARS of the Diamond Jubilee concert including Sir Paul McCartney and Cheryl Cole told of their joy at performing for Her Majesty after they met her at the end of the show.
Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue chaperoned the Queen introducing her to many of the leading performers after the climax of the concert at Buckingham Palace.
Sir Paul, who closed the event with a pyrotechnic spectacular during his performance, said he had been delighted to take part.
“It was a fantastic spectacle. I don’t know why people think the British are so stuffy when the Queen holds raging house parties like this. You feel quite honoured to come on and do your bit.”
Comic Peter Kay greeted the Queen wearing a Beefeater costume he had specially made for the occasion, which he had earlier worn on stage.
“It was an amazing event,” he said. “It was surreal – like a big posh school play.”
Ed Sheeran, who performed solo, said: “It was a pretty nice experience. I took up the guitar the day after I watched the jubilee concert 10 years ago. I started after seeing Eric Clapton – I can’t believe I am here 10 years later.”
Robbie Williams said: “It felt amazing. It felt so patriotic, and normally I am a very nervous performer but today for some reason, I think it was the vibe from the crowd and to be with the best of British is a huge honour.”
Cheryl Cole said of the day: “I’m just honoured to be here – firstly to sing for our Queen and be part of such a special day, and secondly to sing with Gary Barlow. I feel blessed to see her.”
Jessie J told the Queen: “It was overwhelming – it was an amazing experience.”
And Sir Cliff Richard described it as “the most wonderful, wonderful celebration”.
The nation was to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at a service of thanksgiving today, but the Duke of Edinburgh was being treated in hospital for a bladder infection and will not be part of the series of events planned to mark the Queen’s 60-year milestone.
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