Ten years ago, to mark her 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth was serenaded by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Ricky Martin, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett, Sir Paul McCartney and Queen’s Brian May, who played a rock guitar version of “God Save The Queen” on the roof of Buckingham Palace.
Come Monday, besides a return appearance by Sir Paul, Her Majesty will find an entire band up on her roof, when the British pop-ska band Madness plays its hit “Our House” as the centerpiece of that day’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Other name attractions set to perform, as confirmed by the BBC: Elton John, singing “Your Song, I m Still Standing” and “Crocodile Rock”; Robbie Williams, “Mack the Knife”; boy band JLS, “Everybody in Love” and “She Makes Me Wanna”; as well as Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder and Shirley Bassey, with her classic (and highly appropriate for this occasion) “Diamonds Are Forever.”
Williams’s Take That band mate (and organizer of much of the royal entertainment), Gary Barlow, will team with former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, for “Need You Now.”
Joked Williams, “If this doesn’t get me a knighthood, nothing will. I can’t wait for the show.” Stevie Wonder was more direct. Said the music legend: “The time is overdue that I meet Her Majesty.”