Robbie Williams has been announced as the latest addition to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. He joins a stellar line-up of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Jessie J, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran and more, set to perform in front of a crowd of 10,000 on 4 June.
The concert, taking place in the surroundings of the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace, is due to be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family. Following the announcement, Robbie quipped: “If this doesn’t get me a knighthood, nothing will."
Gary Barlow, Williams's former Take That bandmate, who teamed up with the BBC to mastermind the event, has described it as "one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years."
Ticket holders will also be invited to attend a Jubilee picnic prior to the event, compiled by Heston Blumenthal and royal chef Mark Flanagan, featuring a menu of Diamond Jubilee chicken and Sandringham strawberry crumble crunch.
More than 1.2 million applications were made for the free tickets. For those who were unsuccessful, BBC1 and BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting the event live. According to BBC1 controller Danny Cohen, it will be “a musical event like no other, with Britain’s greatest musical stars performing to celebrate this great occasion.”