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Monday, 3 June, 2002, 23:01 GMT 00:01 UK
Music legends rock Palace
The Queen joined Paul McCartney and other stars
The Queen joined Paul McCartney and other stars
A host of the biggest stars in the music world were joined on stage by the royal family at the end of one of the most star-studded concerts ever seen.

Sir Paul McCartney led legends including Sir Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett in choruses of Hey Jude and All You Need Is Love.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones performed two of his hits
Prince Charles praised the performers, and said the concert had made him feel "extraordinarily proud of this country".

The three-hour concert was watched by 12,000 in the palace gardens plus up to one million on big screens outside and 200 million more on TV around the world.

Earlier, Sir Paul had paid his own tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Queen by singing Her Majesty, from The Beatles' Abbey Road album, which ends with the lyrics: "Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, someday I'm going to make her mine."

Queen guitarist Brian May had kicked off the spectacular gig by playing the National Anthem on the Palace roof.

Younger stars such as Pop Idol Will Young, Atomic Kitten and S Club 7 also took part.

Ozzy Osbourne threatened to steal the show
Ozzy Osbourne threatened to steal the show
Sir Paul said he had joked with the Queen, asking her whether the same would happen again next year. "Not in my garden," was her reply, he said.

After Her Majesty, he played While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Eric Clapton as a tribute to George Harrison.

The concert's other performers then lined up on stage to join together in song before the royal family went down the line to greet them.

"It really has been a wonderful celebration," Prince Charles said. "When you're talking about British talent, there's a lot of it about."

Prime Minister Tony Blair, Yoko Ono and Richard Branson were among the other guests of honour.

Prince William
Prince William was among the royal guests
The surviving members of Queen, Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, The Corrs and Bryan Adams provided other highlights.

Some of the most interesting moments came when rock wild man Ozzy Osbourne and Dame Edna Everage strayed slightly from the script.

A number of collaborations saw Sir Cliff Richard joined by S Club 7, Tom Jones play with boy band Blue, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson sing with Eric Clapton and The Corrs and Queen team up with Will Young.

Young said it was a "massive honour" to play with the group.

"It was absolutely petrifying during rehearsals," he said. "But on the night it was electric, absolutely electric."

Sir Cliff Richard sang with S Club 7
Sir Cliff Richard sang with S Club 7
Tom Jones said it was very flattering to perform with young singers.

"It's a great atmosphere here because there are so many entertainers who wouldn't ordinarily be together," he said.

Latin pop hero Ricky Martin said performing at the show felt "amazing".

"The audience had an amazing reaction. There was a lot of love," he said.

Guests leaving the concert described the event as unforgettable.

Darren Wilson, 39, from Northampton, said: "This has been one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

"I could not believe how much everybody got into the spirit of things. It has been an amazing show."

Matthew Peters, 25, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire said: "The whole evening has been awesome. Every band I have seen has played their hearts out.

"For me it was a once in a lifetime experience to see Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton play together."

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