Tom Jones, Kylie and Sting among line-up at Queen’s 92nd birthday party at Royal Albert Hall
PUBLISHED: 10:32 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 20 April 2018
The Queen will celebrate turning 92 with a star-studded birthday bash tomorrow night.
The BBC is staging the Queen’s Birthday Party at the Royal Albert Hall, with the monarch and several family members expected to attend.
It will be presented by Zoe Ball, who said she was “ridiculously excited” to be chosen.
“I can’t wait,” she said. “We’ll make sure Her Majesty has a fantastic 92nd birthday and enjoys this ultimate celebration of music in her honour.”
The line-up includes Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Anne Marie, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sting.
The concert takes place at the end of the week in which the Queen has hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the UK.
The BBC said that this would be reflected tonight, with some performances from artists from across the Commonwealth, and music from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign.
Meanwhile, the Albert Hall’s website promises: “A fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth.”
Earlier, the Queen’s birthday will be marked by gun salutes at midday. There will a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London.
The Queen usually spends her birthday in privately, but in 2006 she celebrated with a walkabout, meeting wellwishers at Windsor.
Born on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, Princess Elizabeth was not expected to become Queen.
Her father Prince Albert, then the Duke of York, was second in line to the throne.
His brother Edward became King when George V died on January 20, 1936. But Edward VII’s brief reign came to an abrupt end when he was forced to abdicate over his intention to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
On December 11, 1936, Prince Albert became King George VI, making his eldest daughter first in line to the throne.
When he died at Sandringham, on February 6, 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen.
The Queen’s Birthday Party will be broadcast live on BBC1 from 8pm to 9.40pm on Saturday.