Just plain bizarre? Norwich City chairman Ed Balls helps Queen celebrate 92nd birthday with unusual ukulele performance
PUBLISHED: 10:12 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 22 April 2018
Watching Norwich City’s chairman play the ukulele was not perhaps the way she expected to celebrate her 92nd birthday.
But Her Majesty The Queen seemed to enjoy former Labour MP and Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls giving an unusual stage performance – even if it left the Twittersphere slightly bemused.
The Queen marked her 92nd birthday with a star studded and action-packed showbiz extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall.
Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Shaggy and Craig David all took to the stage as the Queen and other Royals watched on.
She had left her seat by the time Sting and Shaggy returned for a medley of their biggest hits, including Mr Boombastic, Angel and Every Breath You Take.
But she was seen to be nodding along when Mr Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill performed George Formby’s signature song When I’m Cleaning Windows especially for the Queen.
Her Majesty is said to be a big Formby fan.
The performance received mixed reviews on Twitter, with one calling it “truly cringeworthy” with another saying: “The Queen looks positively baffled.”
Her Majesty was introduced by host Zoe Ball and arrived alongside her son, the Prince of Wales, before taking her seat next to grandson Prince William.
She was wearing a silver and gold lame with ivory tweed, dipped waist dress, covered with buttermilk daisies, designed by Angela Kelly.
She later joined Prince Charles on stage for the show’s climax and was presented with a gift by a boy named Mason from west London, who was also celebrating his birthday.
Speaking on stage, Charles encouraged the crowd to give the Queen - who he called “mummy” - three “unbelievably rousing cheers”.
He said: “I have a feeling that in 1948, when you were 22, you didn’t somehow expect that at the age of your 92nd birthday, to find your son in his 70th year.”
The event also saw Prince Harry, speaking for the first time in his role as president of the newly formed Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), joke that Her Majesty was “not someone who is easy to buy gifts for”.
The concert was organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, of which the Queen is a patron.