Turn it down! Queen wears earplugs at Buckingham Palace Jubilee rock concert
15:37 GMT, 5 June 2012
She may have given Paul McCartney a
knighthood for his services to music, but at last night's Buckingham
Palace's Jubilee concert, the Queen was less keen to hear what he had to
Or at least, the monarch was careful
to dim the noise, as she wore a pair of yellow foam ear plugs fitted
snugly into her ears throughout the ear-splitting show.
At the age of 86, the Queen has
proved to be pillar of strength over the weekend of spectacular Jubilee
celebrations, but her sensible use of ear plugs gives just the slightest hint to her advancing years.
Too loud! The Queen looked to be enjoying the
concert, although on closer inspection the Monarch took the precaution
of wearing earplugs during the show
The concert, led by Sir Paul and
boasting world class performers such as Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue,
Jessie J and Ed Sheeran, was a traditional rock concert, complete with
the deafening electric guitar riffs that accompany such a show.
And although the monarch loves
listening to music – indeed, it is said she has an iPod stocked with
showtunes from the likes of Oklahoma, Cabaret and Hello Dolly – she is
usually partial to something with a little less electric guitar.
But as ever, our unflappable,
dependable Monarch – William said recently that his grandmother 'hates
to let people down' – appeared cheerful and engaged throughout the rock
concert, despite the fact that Prince Philip was yesterday taken to
hospital to receive treatment for a bladder infection.
Wearing a stunning gold gown which she
later covered up with a black velvet cape, the Queen, who sat next to
Prince Charles and Camilla for the occasion, looked to be thoroughly
enjoying the show.
House party: The Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Andrew in the Royal box watching
Emotional and witty speech: The artists gather around the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the
Prince of Wales, including Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue and Gary
Barlow for Charles' speech
strength: Resplendent in a gold gown, the Queen waves to the crowd
while on stage outside Buckingham Palace during at the end of the
Diamond Jubilee Concert, despite her husband being in hospital receiving
treatment for a bladder infection
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha were able to enjoy the concert from the royal box
The Victoria Memorial is silhouetted by the fireworks at the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert
Thousands thronged the area in front of Buckingham Palace where a stage had been set up
As the evening wore on, the giant screens stood out along the Mall
A girl waves her flag in the Mall and people
wave flags in Hyde Park during a live retransmission of the Diamond
Madness perform Our House on top of Buckingham Palace, while the
building provides a backdrop for a moving picture show to illustrate