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    Keith Lockhart among marquee musicians celebrating Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II and others of the royal family went onstage at Buckingham Palace Monday after the Diamond Jubilee concert.
    Queen Elizabeth II and others of the royal family went onstage at Buckingham Palace Monday after the Diamond Jubilee concert.

    LONDON — Elton John sang ‘‘I’m Still Standing,’’ Stevie Wonder crooned ‘‘Isn’t She Lovely,’’ and Paul McCartney sent ‘‘All My Loving’’ as musical royalty celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s six-decade reign with a concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday.

    Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart led the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Diamond Jubilee concert, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of the queen’s ascension to the throne.

    Highlights from the concert will be broadcast on ABC on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Lockhart will return to the United States on Tuesday to resume the Pops spring season, which culminates at Symphony Hall on June 16.


    The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was hospitalized with a bladder infection on Monday. But many members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry sat in a royal box to watch the show, performed on a specially erected stage outside the palace.

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    As the show ended, Prince Charles took the stage and encouraged concertgoers to make some noise for his father. The crowd responded with a roar and chants of ‘‘Philip.’’

    The heir to the throne paid tribute to his mother, addressing her as ‘‘Your Majesty — Mummy’’ and leading the crowd in three cheers for the monarch.

    The queen was cheered as she arrived partway through the show, wearing a gold lamé cocktail dress under a dark cape. It was decided before Philip’s illness that she would watch only part of the concert. Not a noted pop music fan, she appeared to be wearing yellow ear plugs as she observed the concert.

    Some 12,000 contest winners watched the show from an enclosed area, while a huge crowd stretched down the Mall, the wide boulevard leading up to the palace.


    The lineup featured a full hand of knights — McCartney, John, Cliff Richard, and Tom Jones, all ‘‘Sirs’’ — along with Dame Shirley Bassey and younger artists including JLS and Kylie Minogue.

    The show opened in a blaze of sound and color, as a scarlet-clad military band joined Robbie Williams onstage for his hit ‘‘Let Me Entertain You.’’ Black Eyed Peas star performed ‘‘I Gotta Feeling’’ with songstress Jessie J.

    In true something-for-everyone mode, performances ranged from pianist Lang Lang playing Gershwin to soprano Renée Fleming to 64-year-old Grace Jones hula-hooping her way through ‘‘Slave to the Rhythm.’’

    Performers from around the world sang a special jubilee song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and ‘‘Take That’’ frontman Gary Barlow.

    It was the veteran entertainers who went down best. The crowd roared along to Richard’s ‘‘Congratulations’’ and cheered Bassey singing ‘‘Diamonds Are Forever.’’ Prince Harry could be seen singing along — ‘‘Why, why why?’’ — as Jones belted out ‘‘Delilah,’’ while Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, joined in on John’s ‘‘Crocodile Rock.’’


    Ska band Madness performed the ’80s hit ‘‘Our House’’ on the palace roof, changing the lyrics to ‘‘Our house, in the middle of one’s street.’’

    Before the show, John paid tribute to the monarch’s constancy.

    ‘‘She’s not trendy, she doesn’t follow any fads,’’ John told the BBC. ‘‘She’s stoic, she’s brilliant, she’s wise, she’s funny, and we’re all really happy to be here.’’

    McCartney closed the concert playing ‘‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’’ on a Union Jack guitar before the queen took the stage with her family.