Britain continued celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II Monday ahead of the Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace Concert. Hundreds of thousands turned out, wearing masks of the Royal Family, waving Union Jack flags, and cheering — nothing short of a British-style tailgating party before the main event. Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Kylie Minogue were among performers at the concert that honored the 86-year-old queen.
The River Thames in London was a spectacular sight on Sunday with an extravaganza of steam boats, tugs, speed boats and historic vessels as part of festivities for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen joined the armada of 1,000 boats in a gilded royal barge as revelers braved the rainy weather to help celebrate the occasion by waving flags, popping bottles of champagne and cheering.
The 86-year-old queen celebrates her 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952. She is the second-longest serving monarch. According to Reuters, only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more: Victoria (63 years), George III (59 years), Henry III (56 years), Edward III (50 years), and James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years).