Queen marks her 92nd birthday with gun salutes in central London

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Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a Saturday night concert in London, with the Royal Family in attendance and a spectacular line-up of singers such as Sting and Shaggy, Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were among the first to be pictured arriving at the Royal Albert Hall this evening, with Meghan wearing a £1,148 Stella McCartney cape dress and matching the Prince of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor in navy blue colours.

The Queen was seen arriving at the Royal Albert Hall wearing gold, while Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William also took their seats in the Royal box as the concert got underway with Welsh singer Tom Jones performing his hit It’s Not Unusual. 

The Duke of Cambridge was seen waving from the back of a car as he arrived for the ‘Queen’s Birthday Party’ with Harry and fiancee Meghan, but without his pregnant wife Kate. 

Former Strictly star and Labour MP Ed Balls also took to the stage to play the ukelele for the Queen along with comedians Harry Hill and Frank Skinner, with the Queen pictured apparently nodding along to a rendition of George Formby’s When I’m Cleaning Windows.  

The concert is being broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2, beginning at 8pm and running until 9.30pm. Earlier in the day, honorary gun salutes were staged in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and in Windsor to mark the occasion.

The Queen arrives at the Royal Albert Hall this evening for the concert to mark her 92nd birthday 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured arriving at the Royal Albert Hall for the Queen's birthday concert tonight

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured arriving at the Royal Albert Hall for the Queen's birthday concert tonight

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured arriving at the Royal Albert Hall for the Queen’s birthday concert tonight

Lady Louise Windsor (centre) was seen wearing a navy blue dress as she joined her parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex 

Lady Louise Windsor (centre) was seen wearing a navy blue dress as she joined her parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex 

Lady Louise Windsor (centre) was seen wearing a navy blue dress as she joined her parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive at the Royal Albert Hall this evening

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive at the Royal Albert Hall this evening

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive at the Royal Albert Hall this evening

The crowd is pictured assembling inside the Royal Albert Hall this evening as they wait for the concert to begin

The crowd is pictured assembling inside the Royal Albert Hall this evening as they wait for the concert to begin

The crowd is pictured assembling inside the Royal Albert Hall this evening as they wait for the concert to begin

The Queen gestures from the Royal box, flanked by Prince Charles and Prince William at her birthday concert tonight

The Queen gestures from the Royal box, flanked by Prince Charles and Prince William at her birthday concert tonight

The Queen gestures from the Royal box, flanked by Prince Charles and Prince William at her birthday concert tonight

Meghan, wearing a stunning navy blue cape dress, takes her seat at the concert along with husband-to-be Prince Harry 

Meghan, wearing a stunning navy blue cape dress, takes her seat at the concert along with husband-to-be Prince Harry 

Meghan, wearing a stunning navy blue cape dress, takes her seat at the concert along with husband-to-be Prince Harry 

The Queen waves and smiles from the Royal box as she watches her birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall 

The Queen waves and smiles from the Royal box as she watches her birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall 

The Queen waves and smiles from the Royal box as she watches her birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall 

Meghan wore a £1,148 Stella McCartney cape dress in navy blue, finishing off her outfit with dark blue heels

Meghan wore a £1,148 Stella McCartney cape dress in navy blue, finishing off her outfit with dark blue heels

Harry and Meghan were greeted as they arrived at the venue this evening for the Queen's birthday concert

Harry and Meghan were greeted as they arrived at the venue this evening for the Queen's birthday concert

Meghan wore a £1,148 Stella McCartney cape dress in navy blue, finishing off her outfit with matching dark blue heels

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured reading a programme as he takes his seat at the Royal Albert Hall

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured reading a programme as he takes his seat at the Royal Albert Hall

The Duke of Cambridge is pictured reading a programme as he takes his seat at the Royal Albert Hall

The Queen wore gold for the occasion while Meghan dazzled in a navy blue cape dress, with Harry in a suit of the same colour

The Queen wore gold for the occasion while Meghan dazzled in a navy blue cape dress, with Harry in a suit of the same colour

The Queen wore gold for the occasion while Meghan dazzled in a navy blue cape dress, with Harry in a suit of the same colour

The Queen wore gold for the occasion while Meghan dazzled in a navy blue cape dress, with Harry in a suit of the same colour

The Queen wore gold for the occasion while Meghan dazzled in a navy blue cape dress, with Harry in a suit of the same colour

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to the Duke of Cambridge as the family takes their seats for the spectacular birthday concert

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to the Duke of Cambridge as the family takes their seats for the spectacular birthday concert

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to the Duke of Cambridge as the family takes their seats for the spectacular birthday concert

Spectators wait for the concert to start at the Royal Albert Hall as they celebrate the Queen's birthday this evening

Spectators wait for the concert to start at the Royal Albert Hall as they celebrate the Queen's birthday this evening

Spectators wait for the concert to start at the Royal Albert Hall as they celebrate the Queen’s birthday this evening

The Duke of Cambridge, Lady Louise Windsor, the Princess Royal, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take their seats tonight

The Duke of Cambridge, Lady Louise Windsor, the Princess Royal, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take their seats tonight

The Duke of Cambridge, Lady Louise Windsor, the Princess Royal, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take their seats tonight

The Queen takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, flanked by Prince Charles and other members of the family

The Queen takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, flanked by Prince Charles and other members of the family

The Queen takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, flanked by Prince Charles and other members of the family

Princess Beatrice arrives at the Royal Albert Hall

Princess Beatrice arrives at the Royal Albert Hall

Princess Eugenie arrives at the Royal Albert Hall

Princess Eugenie arrives at the Royal Albert Hall

Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie (right) arrive at the concert which is being broadcast on BBC One 

Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill lead a ukelele performance of the George Formby number When I'm Cleaning Windows

Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill lead a ukelele performance of the George Formby number When I'm Cleaning Windows

Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill lead a ukelele performance of the George Formby number When I’m Cleaning Windows

The Queen sat next to William as she appeared to nod along to a ukelele performance featuring Frank Skinner and Ed Balls

The Queen sat next to William as she appeared to nod along to a ukelele performance featuring Frank Skinner and Ed Balls

The Queen sat next to William as she appeared to nod along to a ukelele performance featuring Frank Skinner and Ed Balls

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by members of the royal family, takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by members of the royal family, takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by members of the royal family, takes her seat at the Royal Albert Hall

Prince William waves from the back of a car with Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive at the concert

Prince William waves from the back of a car with Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive at the concert

Prince William waves from the back of a car with Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive at the concert

The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive at the Royal Albert Hall

The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive at the Royal Albert Hall

The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive at the Royal Albert Hall

Elizabeth – the world’s longest-reigning living monarch – was pictured in the audience along with other members of the royal family. Prince Harry is expected to lead tributes to his grandmother in his new role as president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The Queen’s birthday this year comes on the tails of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which brought the leaders of the 53 Commonwealth countries together in England.

At the meeting heads of government agreed that Prince Charles would succeed the Queen in the role of head of the Commonwealth, which she has led since she took the throne in 1952.

The Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on April 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her ‘official birthday’ in the summer. It usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London. 

A packed Royal Albert Hall watches on as Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill perform for the birthday concert tonight

A packed Royal Albert Hall watches on as Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill perform for the birthday concert tonight

A packed Royal Albert Hall watches on as Ed Balls, Frank Skinner and Harry Hill perform for the birthday concert tonight

Sir Tom Jones is flanked by drummers as he performs for the Queen and Royal Family at the concert this evening

Sir Tom Jones is flanked by drummers as he performs for the Queen and Royal Family at the concert this evening

Sir Tom Jones is flanked by drummers as he performs for the Queen and Royal Family at the concert this evening

Shawn Mendes performs during tonight's concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday

Shawn Mendes performs during tonight's concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday

Shawn Mendes performs during tonight’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday

Former Strictly star and Labour MP Ed Balls joins comedians Frank Skinner and Harry Hill as they play the ukelele on stage

Former Strictly star and Labour MP Ed Balls joins comedians Frank Skinner and Harry Hill as they play the ukelele on stage

Former Strictly star and Labour MP Ed Balls joins comedians Frank Skinner and Harry Hill as they play the ukelele on stage

Sir Tom Jones performs during tonight's spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Sir Tom Jones performs during tonight's spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Sir Tom Jones performs during tonight’s spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Kylie Minogue performs at the Royal Albert Hall in a star-studded line-up to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday

Kylie Minogue performs at the Royal Albert Hall in a star-studded line-up to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday

Kylie Minogue performs at the Royal Albert Hall in a star-studded line-up to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday

Shaggy and Sting are pictured performing during the concert to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday today

Shaggy and Sting are pictured performing during the concert to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday today

Shaggy and Sting are pictured performing during the concert to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday today

Sir Tom Jones performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London during a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen's birthday

Sir Tom Jones performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London during a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen's birthday

Sir Tom Jones performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London during a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen’s birthday

Princess Michael of Kent arrives at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend a star-studded concert in London

Princess Michael of Kent arrives at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend a star-studded concert in London

Princess Michael of Kent arrives at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend a star-studded concert in London

Princess Alexandra arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the star-studded performance to mark the Queen's birthday

Princess Alexandra arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the star-studded performance to mark the Queen's birthday

Princess Alexandra arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the star-studded performance to mark the Queen’s birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening

TV presenter Sir Trevor McDonald, 78, is pictured in the audience for the Queen's birthday concert

TV presenter Sir Trevor McDonald, 78, is pictured in the audience for the Queen's birthday concert

TV presenter Sir Trevor McDonald, 78, is pictured in the audience for the Queen’s birthday concert

Audience members take a selfie at the Royal Albert Hall in London as they wait for the birthday concert to begin

Audience members take a selfie at the Royal Albert Hall in London as they wait for the birthday concert to begin

Audience members take a selfie at the Royal Albert Hall in London as they wait for the birthday concert to begin

Kylie performs at the Queen's birthday party tonight in front of a packed Royal Albert Hall in London

Kylie performs at the Queen's birthday party tonight in front of a packed Royal Albert Hall in London

Kylie performs at the Queen’s birthday party tonight in front of a packed Royal Albert Hall in London

A gun salute marks the Queen's birthday ahead of a special birthday concert tonight to mark her turning 92

A gun salute marks the Queen's birthday ahead of a special birthday concert tonight to mark her turning 92

A gun salute marks the Queen’s birthday ahead of a special birthday concert tonight to mark her turning 92

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday today with a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, central London

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday today with a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, central London

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday today with a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, central London

Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute to mark the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute to mark the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute to mark the 92nd birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

 Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery line up in London's Hyde Park for the gun salute for the Queen's Birthday

 Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery line up in London's Hyde Park for the gun salute for the Queen's Birthday

 Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery line up in London’s Hyde Park for the gun salute for the Queen’s Birthday

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with 71 horses pulling six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns in Hyde Park staging a 41 royal gun salute

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with 71 horses pulling six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns in Hyde Park staging a 41 royal gun salute

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery with 71 horses pulling six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns in Hyde Park staging a 41 royal gun salute

Smoke blazes as bullets fire into the air to salute HM Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday 

Smoke blazes as bullets fire into the air to salute HM Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday 

Smoke blazes as bullets fire into the air to salute HM Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday 

Blazes of fire shoot into the air as crowds look in awe at the Royal Gun Salute in London

Blazes of fire shoot into the air as crowds look in awe at the Royal Gun Salute in London

Blazes of fire shoot into the air as crowds look in awe at the Royal Gun Salute in London

Royal Artillery troops duck behind the guns at the 41-gun salute in Hyde Park 

Royal Artillery troops duck behind the guns at the 41-gun salute in Hyde Park 

Royal Artillery troops duck behind the guns at the 41-gun salute in Hyde Park 

Incredible images show blazing gun's in London Hyde's park to mark the Queen turning 92

Incredible images show blazing gun's in London Hyde's park to mark the Queen turning 92

Incredible images show blazing gun’s in London Hyde’s park to mark the Queen turning 92

The number of rounds fired in a Royal Gun Salute is usually 21 rounds, but in Hyde Park and The Green Park an extra 20 rounds are added because they are a Royal Park. 

The gun salute took place on the Parade Ground in Hyde Park at noon. There was also a gun salute at Tower Bridge at 1pm.

Royal biographer Gyles Brandreth joked that the performance might be an attempt for the nonagenarian to get ‘down with the kids’. In a reign longer than any other monarch in our history, the Queen really has seen it all,’ he told the Telegraph. 

‘And my feeling is that by now she’s probably seen enough. This is supposed to be the Queen’s birthday treat.

‘It’s always possible that, encouraged by [Prince] Harry, and with great-grandchildren popping out all over the place, she has chosen to get down with the kids. If not, give her a George Formby singalong by all means, but spare her Shaggy.’  

Former Police frontman Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, is performing alongside reggae star Shaggy.

‘We are going to be playing for Her Majesty. I’m not sure we are her musical taste, frankly’ he told ITV’s Loose Women. We are going to do our best and if we don’t, well we will be in the Tower the next morning.’      

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62-gun salute across the River Thames to mark the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at the Tower of London

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62-gun salute across the River Thames to mark the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at the Tower of London

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62-gun salute across the River Thames to mark the 92nd birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at the Tower of London

As the Tower is a Royal Palace an extra 20 shots are fired. However, as the Tower is in the City of London, a further 21 are fired bring total of 62 rounds, fired at 10 second intervals, a total firing time of around ten minutes

As the Tower is a Royal Palace an extra 20 shots are fired. However, as the Tower is in the City of London, a further 21 are fired bring total of 62 rounds, fired at 10 second intervals, a total firing time of around ten minutes

As the Tower is a Royal Palace an extra 20 shots are fired. However, as the Tower is in the City of London, a further 21 are fired bring total of 62 rounds, fired at 10 second intervals, a total firing time of around ten minutes



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Queen marks her 92nd birthday with gun salutes in central London