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Brian May hints at performance for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Queen guitarist Brian May (Robert Perry/PA)
Queen guitarist Brian May (Robert Perry/PA)

Brian May has hinted that he may perform as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June to commemorate Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

The 74-year-old guitarist of the rock band Queen previously took to the roof of Buckingham Palace during the 2002 Golden Jubilee to blast out a guitar solo of the National Anthem at a pop concert held within the palace grounds.

Singer George Ezra was the first act to be revealed for this year’s Platinum Party At The Palace on June 4, which celebrates the monarch’s 70 years of service.

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Brian May performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (Sean Dempsey/PA)

While on BBC Radio 2 on Friday morning, presenter Gary Davies asked the guitarist if we would see him take to the roof once again for the celebration.

May replied: “I don’t think I’m allowed to tell you this but I think something might happen.

“There is talk of something happening. What can I tell you?

“We may be there, Gary, we may actually be there. Of course, it’s hard to follow standing on the roof of Buckingham Palace but you never know it might be possible.”

Celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will centre on a festive four-day bank holiday weekend in June.

The royal extravaganza celebration will include a live pop concert at Buckingham Palace, a carnival pageant on the streets of London, Jubilee lunches, and the lighting of beacons across the world.

On the Saturday evening, the BBC Platinum Party At The Palace concert promises to feature some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars.

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 George Ezra has been announced as part of the star-studded line-up for the Platinum Party At The Palace (Matt Crossick/PA)

The pop concert will have three stages, 3D projections across the face of the palace and an in-person audience of 10,000.

Capital Breakfast presenter Roman Kemp previously announced that “rock royalty” would be in attendance, as well as “your favourite film stars, TV stars, all the musicians you could ever ask for”.

Kemp and BBC Radio presenter Clara Amfo will also be involved in the event.

The Queen celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on February 6 2022. She is the first British monarch to reach the milestone.

In 2002, as part of the event for the Queen’s 50th anniversary, Sir Paul McCartney led the cast of stars with The Beatles’ classic Hey Jude, and Dame Edna Everage bellowed out “The Jubilee Girl is here, possums”. 

In 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary, Gary Barlow organised celebrations that featured performances from Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran.

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