NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
Ed Sheeran performed for thousands of fans outside Buckingham Palace to mark the end of four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 31-year-old musician, who recently welcomed a second daughter with wife Cherry Seaborn, sang his hit ‘Perfect’ as footage of the Queen’s late husband Prince Philip flashed behind. The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 aged 99.
Following his song, he joined in a rendition of ‘God Save The Queen’ outside the Palace at the end of the pageant, where Her Majesty made an appearance on the balcony after days of missed events due mobility problems.
Sheeran previously performed for the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, when Elizabeth celebrated 60 years on the throne.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON TAKE SURPRISE TRIP TO WALES DURING PLATINUM JUBILEE
It was the first time the Queen has been seen since the lighting of Jubilee beacons on Thursday, as she pulled out of church services at St Paul’s Cathedral and missed horse racing for just the third time in the story.
The Queen was joined on the balcony by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker, Duchess of Cornwall. Prince William’s grandson and his wife Kate Middleton have joined His Majesty, in addition to their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee earlier this year after marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth.
Sunday’s show capped off a four-day weekend packed with events, including the Trooping the Color military parade, Thanksgiving service, Epsom Derby and Saturday’s Platinum Party concert at the palace where Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Queen + Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Craig David, George Ezra and Elton John gave special performances.
QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE ENDS WITH LONDON STREET PAGEANT
The bells of Westminster Abbey rang out on Sunday as they did on Queen Elizabeth’s coronation day in 1953, as the two-hour spectacle began, and wound through Whitehall to Admiralty Arch and down The Mall to at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth’s 18th century Gold State Coach paraded through the streets of London with a hologram of the young monarch saluting.
It is the first time in 20 years that the 260-year-old car has been removed from display at the Royal Mews. Unlike previous Jubilee events, the contest is open to the public.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, mingled with crowds at The Oval cricket ground in London on Sunday for a “Big Jubilee Lunch”. Millions of people across the country also sat at long tables decorated with balloons and ate picnics.
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER
Despite his presence at Thursday’s Trooping the Color military parade and the flypast that honored his 96th birthday, The Palace issued a press release that the Queen would not be present at Friday’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
“The Queen enjoyed the birthday parade and today’s flypast very much, but felt some discomfort,” the statement read.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
“Given the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”
The palace added: “The Queen is delighted to be part of tonight’s Beacon Lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank everyone who has made today such a memorable occasion.”
Following Elizabeth’s announcement, a royal expert told Fox News Digital it was “another sobering reminder to the Queen’s smashing record. [70-year] the reign is coming to an end.”