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Millions enjoy Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, which took place outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, was watched by an average of nearly 12 million people in the UK.

Platinum Party in the Palace, which was curated to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, took place on Saturday and was attended by roughly 22,000 people, including specially invited key workers. Some 10,000 tickets were allocated in a public ballot, with 7,500 designated for these key workers including members of the Armed Forces, volunteers and those that work for charities.

The event attracted the BBC’s biggest audience of the year, drawing in a viewership that peaked at 13.4 million.

The numbers mean that the concert, which was broadcast on UK television channel BBC One, had a 66.8% of the audience share, almost triple the number of people that watched the England men’s football team lose to Hungary 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League.

Only 4.5 million watched England from 5pm on Channel 4, meaning it had only 27% of the audience share. Coverage of the Platinum Party in the Palace started at 7:30pm.

British and international acts took to the stage to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years as monarch, including Diana Ross, Queen and Adam Lambert, Elbow, Rod Stewart and George Ezra.

While the Queen was unable to attend the concert due to mobility issues, a pre-recorded sketch was shown to the crowd which witnessed Her Majesty and fictional character Paddington Bear enjoy an afternoon tea.

It also saw Her Majesty whip out a marmalade sandwich from her handbag, before tapping the tune of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ which was ready to be played out live on stage by the band itself.

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