ONE MILLION people thronged to Buckingham Palace last night for a spectacular pop concert to mark the golden jubilee celebrations.
The concert climaxed with a performance by Sir Paul McCartney, before the Queen, Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Princes William and Harry joined the performers on stage to hear Prince Charles pay tribute to her "50 extraordinary years" as Queen.
The travails of Sven's boys were old news, and the palace fire 24 hours earlier were history - replaced by the Party at the Palace, the biggest of all the celebrations that were held around the country.
Besides the crowds that gathered outside the palace, there were 12,000 inside who had been successful in a ballot for tickets and a worldwide television audience estimated at 200 million.
The lone figure of Brian May playing the national anthem on a wailing guitar kicked off the party, which featured some of Britain's best- known musicians from the past 50 years on the bill, including Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton and Tom Jones.
The area around the Queen Victoria Memorial was filled to capacity and barriers were erected as the crowd, impervious to the persistent rainfall, turned out to watch the Queen's arrival and a live broadcast of the concert on big screens. Others filed into the nearby royal parks and Trafalgar Square, where more giant screens had been erected.
The Queen, who wore earplugs, joined 24 other members of the Royal Family when she arrived for the last 35 minutes of the show. She was introduced by Dame Edna Everage as the "jubilee girl" and given a standing ovation.
After the three-hour concert, which concluded with Sir Paul leading the crowd in a rendition of "Hey Jude", the Queen and other members of the Royal Family met some of the performers.
Addressing the Queen, Prince Charles said: "We feel proud of you: proud and grateful for everything you have done for your country and the Commonwealth over 50 extraordinary years, supported throughout by my father. …