Queen show draws crowd in London

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(Reuters) - Robbie Williams opened a concert for thousands in front of Queen Elizabeth II's official residence on Monday as part of the British monarch's 60-year reign celebrations, which were overshadowed by news of her husband's internment. .

Prince Philip, who turns 91 next week, was hospitalized for a kidney infection, "as a precaution, " according to Buckingham Palace.

He is expected to stay under observation for a few days, but that did not stop the queen from watching Monday's show, with attractions such as Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

On Tuesday, the Queen will also be without her husband at the Thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, the carriage procession through central London and waving to supporters on the Palace's balcony.

On a clear Monday night, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world crowded the red-paved street leading to the 775-room Queen's official residence. The crowd watched the show live or through big screens.

Other attractions of the evening were Annie Lennox, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Elton John and Tom Jones. Grace Jones introduced herself in an extravagant red-black costume, spinning a hula hoop nonstop. Pianist Lang Lang and opera singer Renée Fleming gave the event a classic twist, and a choir performed a song composed for the occasion by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Gary Barlow.

Wonder presented a special version of "Isn't She Lovely", and pulled "Happy Birthday" to Elizabeth. The show ended with Paul McCartney singing Beatles hits.

At the end of three hours of performances, the tired-looking queen took the stage next to her eldest son, Charles, who read a touching tribute.

He thanked the artists and technicians responsible for the show, and added, "The only sad thing tonight is that my father could not be here with us, because unfortunately he was taken for not being well. But, ladies and gentlemen, if we shout out loud he maybe you can hear us in the hospital. "

The prince sought to summarize the popular affection for a queen who is seen as a symbol of stability and commitment in a time of economic crisis and political disillusionment.

"As a nation, this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us, for inspiring us with their selfless duty and service, and for making us proud to be British, proud at a time when we know that many of our fellow citizens are struggling so hard, "said Charles, the presumptive heir to the crown.

He then pulled three cheers for his mother, and the night ended with the British anthem, a spectacular fireworks display, and the giant image of the national flag projecting onto the palace facade.

On Tuesday, the jubilee celebrations end, the highlight of which was the Sunday river parade, when, despite the rain, 1 million people stood on the banks of the Thames to watch the queen pass in a golden vessel, escorted by a thousand boats.

Elizabeth 2nd is only the second British monarch to reach 60 years of reign. She is only surpassed by Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, who reigned from 1837 to 1901.