• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

Royal fans in Union Jack tents camp out on the Mall to secure a spot ahead of tonight’s Platinum Party

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jun 4, 2022

Hundreds of people have already gathered along The Mall in London ahead of the Platinum Jubilee concert which is due to start at 8pm.

The overcast weather and a wait of more than six hours before the music started playing did not dampen the spirits of the revelers.

To secure a front row seat for tonight’s party, many camped out overnight, some with tents, others with just a deck chair and blanket.

Around 22,000 people are expected to attend the ‘Platinum Party’, the outdoor concert outside Buckingham Palace will feature Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Hans Zimmer, Alicia Keys and Eurovision 2022 finalist Sam Ryder.

The two-and-a-half-hour event will also be seen by millions at home, including the Queen who will watch from Windsor Castle.

Hundreds of people gathered on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace this evening for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A woman wears a plastic crown with her Union Jack leggings in front of her Union Jack flag while waiting for the concert

A woman wears a plastic crown with her Union Jack leggings in front of her Union Jack flag while waiting for the concert

Members of the public pose with Rose Griffith, dressed as Queen Elizabeth, as people gather on The Mall

Members of the public pose with Rose Griffith, dressed as Queen Elizabeth, as people gather on The Mall

Many people said they had camped out the night before so they could get a spot near the front of the concert.

Many people said they had camped out the night before so they could get a spot near the front of the concert.

Revelers brought their deckchairs to the mall with many hours to wait before they could hear the music arriving from the Jubilee concert

Revelers brought their deckchairs to the mall with many hours to wait before they could hear the music arriving from the Jubilee concert

The outdoor concert is expected to be attended by around 22,000 people, with music starting at 8 p.m.

A person holds a Union Jack themed umbrella as they wait along the mall for the 'Platinum Party'

A person holds a Union Jack themed umbrella as they wait along the mall for the ‘Platinum Party’

The BBC will broadcast Platinum Party at the Palace live on radio, TV and online from 7 p.m.

The Prince of Wales and his eldest son, Prince William, will be present at the concert, where they will pay their respects to the Queen.

Tickets have already been allocated to 10,000 members of the general public and 5,000 to key workers.

There will also be appearances from Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Ellie Simmonds and Dame Julie Andrews.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has staged a series of performances reflecting how Britain has changed throughout the Queen’s reign in fashion, music, sport and the environment.

The Royal Family will arrive around 7.40pm, twenty minutes before the scheduled start of the event

The Royal Family will arrive around 7.40pm, twenty minutes before the scheduled start of the event

The weather should remain dry for the duration of the concert, but the day after the celebrations is likely to be wetter

The weather should remain dry for the duration of the concert, but the day after the celebrations is likely to be wetter

The concert will be the main event of day three of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The concert will be the main event of day three of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A woman on The Mall in patriotic attire ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace tonight

A woman on The Mall in patriotic attire ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace tonight

Sam and Lee from Cambridgeshire felt very patriotic wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks on The Mall

Sam and Lee from Cambridgeshire felt very patriotic wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks on The Mall

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan have attended several royal events before and arrived at the mall before 6am to get a good seat

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan have attended several royal events before and arrived at the mall before 6am to get a good seat

Carol Buxton and Natalie Swan from Essex arrived at the mall at 5.30am to secure their places, with Carol leaving her family camping holiday early to make it in time.

Carol has previously attended Will and Kate’s wedding, other pageants, the Queen’s 90th birthday and the Diamond Jubilee concert 10 years ago.

Sam and Lee from Cambridgeshire enjoyed the patriotism, while wearing their Queen Elizabeth masks, spoke to Heart News EastSam said: ‘It’s just about being British, and the monarchy is great, it’s fantastic.

“It’s really good for the British people to have the monarchy.”

A royal fan speaking to Sky News said: ‘I think it will be a long time before we see another woman like her [the Queen] in public life.

Members of the public enjoyed themselves while waiting for the concert on The Mall

Members of the public enjoyed themselves while waiting for the concert on The Mall

Queen guitarist Brian May will perform tonight for fans who have gathered along the mall.  In 2002, he played his guitar atop Buckingham Palace.

Queen guitarist Brian May will perform tonight for fans who have gathered along the mall. In 2002, he played his guitar atop Buckingham Palace.

Many revelers came very well prepared for a long wait, bringing all their camping gear to the mall

Many revelers came very well prepared for a long wait, bringing all their camping gear to the mall

An abundance of Union Jack themed outfits are on view as people wait for the Platinum Party concert

An abundance of Union Jack themed outfits are on view as people wait for the Platinum Party concert

The concert will also feature Mike Peters of The Alarm, singer Bonnie Tyler, West End star John Owen Jones, weather drummer Owain Wyn Evans and the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.

The concert will also feature Mike Peters of The Alarm, singer Bonnie Tyler, West End star John Owen Jones, weather drummer Owain Wyn Evans and the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.

At the previous Party at the Palace in 2002, guitarist Brian May performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

A weather warning for thunderstorms should mitigate the last day of the Platinum Jubilee with the risk of soggy lunches.

The Met Office has put in place a yellow warning for thunderstorms across much of England and Wales from midnight to 6pm on Sunday evening.

Forecasters said weather conditions could disrupt travel, with flooding possible in some areas.

The Met Office said some places could see 15-20mm in an hour, and even up to 50mm.