Hours ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace last June, Prince Philip was hospitalised with a bladder infection and unable to attend the rest of her celebrations.
At tonight’s event the Queen enjoyed performances by West End star Michael Ball and operatic quartet Il Divo. Ball sang People, from the musical Funny Girl.
‘I thought it appropriate for the event,’ he said before the reception. ‘I have sung for the Queen on various occasions, including when we did a version of Les Misérables at Windsor Castle a few years ago to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale with France. This is a great cause.’
Il Divo performed a Spanish version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. One of the group, Urs Buhler, from Switzerland, said afterwards: ‘It was an unusual performance for us, in such an intimate room.
‘This was the fourth or fifth time we have performed in front of the Queen – we have done the Royal Variety Performance two or three times.’