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Jubilee - live: Platinum Party at the Palace begins with surprise sketch of the Queen and Paddington

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two eldest children arrive at Cardiff Castle

Queen Elizabeth plays ‘We will rock you’ on a tea cup with Paddington for Jubilee party

The Platinum Party of the Palace has begun with a surprise pre-recorded sketch featuring the Queen and Paddington bear.

Kicking off the performances is Queen + Adam Lambert with a rousing renditon of “We Will Rock You” - with the Queen joining in via teacup.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will miss the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday evening, as they celebrate their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday “privately” in Windsor.

Other royal family members are attendance of the star-studded performance include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal, and others will also be there.

Amongst this weekend’s celebrations, the Queen did not attend the Epsom Derby today after also missing the platinum jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that her Majesty watched the major sporting event on television at Windsor Castle, after experiencing “discomfort” following a busy first day of festivities on Thursday.

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Harry and Meghan will not attend jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace with senior royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not attend the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert on Saturday evening.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spent the day celebrating their daughter’s first birthday “privately” in Windsor.

Read the full report below:

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Who is performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace?

Need a refresher on who’s performing this evening? Look no further than Isobel Lewis’ explainer:

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Boris Johnson arrives at Platinum Party at the Palace

The prime minister and his wife have arrived at Buckingham Palace for tonight’s concert.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace

It comes after Boris and Carrie Johnson attended the Queen’s Service of Thankgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

The pair were greeted by the sound of boos and cheers from the crowds gathered outside the cathedral.

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Ministers arrive at Buckingham Palace

Following Boris Johnson’s arrival, other ministers and politicians have made their way to Buckingham Palace for the concert.

Many have been seen taking selfies and videos - some more enthusiastically than others.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Home Secretary Priti Patel arrive at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace

(left) Wales's First Minister Mark Drakeford and wife Clare, Labour leader Keir Starmer and wife Victoria attend the Platinum Party at the Palace

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband and current chief executive officer of the Scottish National Party Peter Murrel take their seats for the Platinum Party

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attends the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace

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Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join audience for Platinum Party at the Palace

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now taken their seats in the audience for the Platinum Party at the Palace concert.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are joined by their two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George take their seats at the Platinum Party at the Palace

Also in attendance is the Princess Royal, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice with their husbands.

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Platinum Party at the Palace kicks off with surprise sketch of the Queen and Paddington Bear

The Queen has appeared in a surprise pre-recorded comic sketch with Paddington Bear at the start of the Jubilee concert.

The duffle-coat wearing bear showed the Queen how he ensured he always had his favourite treat on him just in case, lifting up his red hat to reveal his snack.

The Queen responded by revealing “So do I” before opening her bag and declaring “I keep mine in here” to show her very own ready-made supply of the bread and orange preserve staple.

The Queen revealed she shares Paddington’s love of marmalade sandwiches and keeps an emergency stash in her trademark handbag.

The monarch and the famous bear - both much loved British institutions - then tapped out the beat of the We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups using silver spoons as a unique way of getting the celebrations under way.

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Crowd cheers during the Queen’s sketch with Paddington

The Queen’s surprise sketch with Paddington Bear has gone down a treat with the audience at the Platinum Party at the Palace.

The comedy short sent the crowd into peals of laughter, and plenty of cheers when Her Majesty revealed she, like Paddington, kept a marmalade sandwich on her “for emergencies”.

Watch the reaction below:

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WATCH: Queen Elizabeth plays ‘We will rock you’ on a tea cup with Paddington for Jubilee party

Queen Elizabeth plays ‘We will rock you’ on a tea cup with Paddington for Jubilee party
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Diversity celebrates the best of British pop music

British dance group Diversity take the crowd through 70 years of British pop music.

The crowd dances and sings along to British favourites Spice Girls and One Direction.

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Queen Elizabeth Shows Off ‘Cute’ Acting Skills With Paddington Skit For BBC Concert

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