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All hail the Queen! Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder headlined the impressive roster of musicians who performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert Monday night.
With the Queen's many children and grandchildren -- including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who sat with Prince Harry and their cousin Princess Beatrice -- on hand to take in the show, the royals and commoners alike enjoyed songs from such varied performers as Australian pop act Kylie Minogue, Welsh singer Tom Jones and American opera star Renee Fleming.
The royals sat in special boxes above the 20,000 invited guests who listened to music spanning the six decades of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Many of the concert-goers, including granddaughter-in-law Kate, waved Union Jack flags.
A crowd of hundreds of thousands also gathered in nearby streets and parks to listen to the concert on speakers set up for the milestone occasion.
Unfortunately one very important member of the Queen's family was not able to join in the festivities: Prince Philip had been rushed to the hospital earlier in the day as a precautionary measure due to a bladder infection. The monarch's consort (who turns 91 this weekend) had to celebrate in the hospital, where he will remain for a few days.
The show went on despite the Prince's hospitalization, but Prince Charles took a moment to mention him in his public remarks:
"As a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us, for inspiring us with selfless duty and service and making us proud to be British," said the prince. "The only sad thing about this evening is that my father could not be here with us because he's unfortunately he's taken unwell. But ladies and gentlemen, if we all shout loud enough he might just hear us."