Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Shaggy performs for Queen Elizabeth II

Sting and Shaggy perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday April 21, 2018, for a concert to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Andrew Parsons/Pool via AP)

Sting and Shaggy perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday April 21, 2018, for a concert to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Andrew Parsons/Pool via AP)

International recording artiste, Shaggy was among the performers at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday, at a concert to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Shaggy performed with British pop star Sting, who he collaborated with on a recently-launched album.  

But it was the queen who took centre stage at the varied pop concert which also featured other British singers Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum and Craig David along with Australian star Kylie Minogue.

The festivities took a long stroll down memory lane, with audio from a speech Elizabeth made on her 21st birthday and video from her Golden Jubilee, when roughly 1 million people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to honor her.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by members of the royal family, takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday April 21, 2018, for a concert to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. (Andrew Parsons/Pool via AP)

She was flanked in the royal box by Charles, heir to the throne, and Prince William, next in the line of succession.

Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle also attended, generating a roar of applause when they took their seats. The couple will wed May 19 at Windsor Castle.

Prince William's wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, did not attend. She is expecting the couple's third child.

The queen's husband, Prince Philip, was also missing. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

The show featured contemporary tunes, but included songs from earlier eras, including selections from "My Fair Lady" — one of the queen's favorites — and a sentimental rendering of "Wonderful World."

Earlier in the day, honorary gun salutes were staged at Hyde Park, the Tower of London, a castle in Wales and the town of Windsor to mark the occasion.

The queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on April 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her "official birthday" in the summer. That usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London.

Elizabeth's real birthday this year came on the tails of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which brought the leaders of the 53 Commonwealth countries together in England.

The queen has led the disparate group, made up of Britain and its former colonies, since she took the throne in 1952.

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