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The Queen's Birthday Party

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A concert in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's 92nd birthday, live from the Royal Albert Hall, featuring performances from acts from across the world and stars from around the Commonwealth. Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Anne Marie, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sting & Shaggy are among those taking part. Alfie Boe celebrates the sound of Benny Goodman and the swing era, and there is a celebration of the music of the ukulele maestro George Formby, featuring 40 players from the George Formby Society.



She usually celebrates her birthday with a few members of her family and a couple of gun salutes at midday to liven things up. But for her 92nd birthday the Queen is attending a concert at the Royal Albert Hall to listen to, among others, Shaggy. He’s performing alongside Sting, so it’s unlikely he’ll be singing It Wasn’t Me, but in any case we can’t imagine that’s one of her favourites. At least she won’t have to sit through Grace Jones hula-hooping to Slave to the Rhythm as she did at her Diamond Jubilee concert.

Less controversial artists performing on the night are two regulars at royal events: Sir Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue. But there are also various acts representing the Commonwealth including Shawn Mendes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The BBC have announced that this will be a “birthday party like no other”. Let’s hope the Queen is suitably amused.

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