Why Prince Philip Missed The Diamond Jubilee Concert

The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip, 90, had been taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London from Windsor Castle as a “precautionary measure”. The prince will remain in hospital under observation for a few days.

He had appeared to be in good health when he accompanied the Queen on Sunday on the royal barge the Spirit of Chartwell, which formed part of the rain-drenched Jubilee river pageant. He and the Queen stood for most of the 80-minute journey, as they were accompanied by 1,000 boats travelling seven miles down the river to Tower Bridge.

The prince, who had treatment for a blocked coronary artery in December and turns 91 on Sunday, missed Monday’s concert and will not attend the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday.


The concert was brought to a close by Sir Paul McCartney who played hits including Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be and a spectacular rendition of Live and Let Die, complete with fireworks and explosions. He was joined on stage at the end by all of the night’s performers for The Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family also made their way onto the stage where Prince Charles paid tribute to his mother.

Turning to his mother, he said: “As a nation, this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us, inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British.”

The Queen then lit the final one of 4,500 beacons across the world marking her 60-year reign. A palace spokesman said the prince was “understandably, disappointed about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s engagements”.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert turned out to be a success despite Prince Philip’s absence. What was your favorite highlight of the event?

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Kate Middleton Wows In Red For Queen’s Royal River Pageant

Kate Middleton was definitely dressed to impress at Queen Elizabeth‘s Diamond Jubilee celebration this Sunday.

Sporting a ravishing red Alexander McQueen creation, Kate, 30, was all smiles as she boarded the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge for a flotilla down the Thames River. The British fashion icon capped off her radiant look with a Sylvia Fletcher fascinator from the royal milliner, James Lock & Co, and LK Bennett “Sledge” heels. Prince William was, too, dressed to the nines — donning on his RAF Flight Lieutenant No. 1 dress uniform for the special occasion.

Kate was also joined by her brother-in-law Prince Harry and, of course, Queen Elizabeth herself. The royal family sailed along the Thames in a 210-ft. barge, which was decked with 10,000 roses, carnations, sweet peas and red charm peonies for big fete celebrating the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.


Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also present as they sailed behind the Queen on the Havengore. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were on the Trinity House No. 1 Boat.

As for Kate’s family? The Queen personally invited Catherine’s family – Michael, Carole, James and Pippa Middleton – to join in the celebrations on the paddle steamer, Elizabethan.

“Michael and Carole’s inclusion on Elizabethan took a lot of people by surprise, but the Queen is incredibly supportive of the duchess and her family,” a palace insider told the Daily Mail.  ”Boats travelling in the Royal Squadron are solely reserved for special guests of the Queen, which demonstrates just how far the Middletons have come.”

Do you like the Duchess’ fashion style? Tell us about your favorite Kate Middleton dress!

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