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Sir Cliff Richard FINALLY performs during Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend


Sir Cliff Richard finally got his chance to perform during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Sunday – as he sang from an open-top bus.

The music icon, 81, who previously revealed he hadn’t been invited to perform at Saturday’s Platinum Party At The Palace, proudly took the mic to perform as a horde of buses carrying British national treasures from every decade of the Queen’s reign drove down The Mall.

The star, who was on the 1950s bus, donned a Union Jack suit and looked delighted as he joined stars including Chris Eubank and Katherine Jenkins on the bus. 

Wow: Sir Cliff Richard finally got his chance to perform during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Sunday - as he sang from an open-top bus

Wow: Sir Cliff Richard finally got his chance to perform during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Sunday – as he sang from an open-top bus

Sir Cliff was one of 100 national treasures driving in the capital with other celebrities including  Shirley Bassey, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker Bill Bailey and Basil Brush.

The music icon who has previously performed at both the 2002 Golden Jubilee and 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, spoke of his sadness over not joining the glittering line-up for Saturday’s concert which included Diana Ross, Queen and Elton John.

Appearing on Sunday’s Sky News, he was asked: ‘And you did that in 2012, I remember that very well, at the Diamond Jubilee. Do you remember that moment?

Going for it: The music icon, 81, who previously revealed he hadn't been invited to perform at Saturday's Platinum Party At The Palace, proudly took the mic to perform

Going for it: The music icon, 81, who previously revealed he hadn’t been invited to perform at Saturday’s Platinum Party At The Palace, proudly took the mic to perform

Icon: Sir Cliff was one of 100 national treasures driving in the capital with other celebrities including Shirley Bassey, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker Bill Bailey and Basil Brush

Icon: Sir Cliff was one of 100 national treasures driving in the capital with other celebrities including Shirley Bassey, Jeremy Irons, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Gary Lineker Bill Bailey and Basil Brush

Fun times: Katherine Jenkins and Giles Terera were also aboard the bus

Fun times: Katherine Jenkins and Giles Terera were also aboard the bus

Wave: The national treasure waved at fans as he rode down The Mall

Wave: The national treasure waved at fans as he rode down The Mall

He responded: ‘I do yes, it was terrific. The one thing I will say now, is the show that I saw last night was probably the best produced show ever done for the Queen.

‘They must have spent millions on the lighting and it was just fantastic and I found myself slightly envious that I hadn’t been invited to sing because I would have loved just one picture in front of the palace lit like that.’

Later speaking on the BBC, he said: ‘I was disappointed I couldn’t be on stage, this year’s production of the show was absolutely phenomenal.

Musical moment: Cliff took a moment to savour the atmosphere as he performed

Musical moment: Cliff took a moment to savour the atmosphere as he performed

Tuneful: The music icon looked in his element as he took to the mic

Tuneful: The music icon looked in his element as he took to the mic

Good to see you: Cliff was in great spirits as he waved the crowds

Good to see you: Cliff was in great spirits as he waved the crowds

Patriotic: The Mall was lined with people dressed in 1950s costume

Patriotic: The Mall was lined with people dressed in 1950s costume

‘I was getting green with envy thinking I would just like to have one photograph taken against the palace. But it wasn’t my turn and the young guys took over, and quite rightly so.’

Two bus enthusiasts have also outlined the work it took to get their bus ready for the pageant.

Ivan Fisher told the PA news agency: ‘This is our bus’ first big event since we’ve owned it. We had to go through and change all tyres, specially for coming here.

Oh dear: Sir Cliff revealed his disappointment over not being asked to perform at the Queen's Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday

Oh dear: Sir Cliff revealed his disappointment over not being asked to perform at the Queen’s Platinum Party At The Palace on Saturday

Not to be: The music icon who has previously performed at both the 2002 Golden Jubilee and 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, spoke of his sadness over not joining the glittering line-up which included Diana Ross, Queen and Elton John

Not to be: The music icon who has previously performed at both the 2002 Golden Jubilee and 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, spoke of his sadness over not joining the glittering line-up which included Diana Ross, Queen and Elton John

 

‘The buses were both in roadworthy condition to go, apart from the tyres, so they needed changing.’

Richard Dixon outlined why they decided to take part and said: ‘You can’t say no to taking part in this event. It’s such a great day.’

Both of the buses will be filled with celebrities from each era, but the two men said they were more excited about taking part in the event itself than meeting celebrities.

Mr Fisher said: ‘I’m more keen to be involved in the pageant and do it for the Queen really, because I’m a great royalist, so anything royal I’m keen on. It’d be nice to have any of them (celebrities) on.’

He said: 'They must have spent millions on the lighting and it was just fantastic and I found myself slightly envious that I hadn't been invited to sing because I would have loved just one picture in front of the palace lit like that'

He said: ‘They must have spent millions on the lighting and it was just fantastic and I found myself slightly envious that I hadn’t been invited to sing because I would have loved just one picture in front of the palace lit like that’

Royal parade: Cliff is pictured at the Golden Jubilee Party At The Palace

Royal parade: Cliff is pictured at the Golden Jubilee Party At The Palace

Back again: Cliff was front and centre at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations - where he performed Congratulations

Back again: Cliff was front and centre at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations – where he performed Congratulations

Mr Dixon said. ‘On the 1953 bus we’ve got Sir Cliff Richard, I’m looking forward to meeting him.’  

The highlight of the three-hour concert was Diana Ross, who took to the stage in an incredible black and white tulle gown at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for her first UK performance in 15 years.

The Supremes singer, 78, kicked off her performance with a rendition of Chain Reaction, which she sang backed-up by a talented choir while a glitter-ball was projected on to the Palace.

In a sweet tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign, Diana also belted out Thank You while the words flashed on the giant screen behind her and the crowds eagerly waved their Union Jacks in the air.

The 22,000-strong crowd then erupted into deafening cheers as Diana launched into Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, with Kate Middleton seen looking equally impressed as she sang along from the Royal box.

Looking good: Sir Rod, 77, put on a vibrant display in a bright yellow suit jacket at the concert

Looking good: Sir Rod, 77, put on a vibrant display in a bright yellow suit jacket at the concert

Exciting: Welcomed to the stage as a 'rock legend', Sir Rod started by singing Baby Jane alongside three back-up singers, who wore dresses mirroring the Union Jack colours

Exciting: Welcomed to the stage as a ‘rock legend’, Sir Rod started by singing Baby Jane alongside three back-up singers, who wore dresses mirroring the Union Jack colours

Loving it: William and his son George seemed to enjoy Rod's performance as they sang the song from the royal box, as did Kate

Loving it: William and his son George seemed to enjoy Rod’s performance as they sang the song from the royal box, as did Kate

As she closed the show, she said: ‘I am so proud and pleased to be sharing the evening with you!’ 

Earlier in the night, Sir Rod Stewart did not fail to get the 22,000-strong crowd outside Buckingham Palace dancing with an incredible medley of his top tracks to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.  

He put on a vibrant display in a bright yellow suit jacket, which he paired with black striped trousers and a crisp white shirt for the popping performance. 

The singer belted out Baby Jane with his recognisable raspy vocals alongside three back-up singers, who wore dresses mirroring the Union Jack colours

Rocking: The BBC 's Party At The Palace kicked off with a spectacular appearance from Adam Lambert and Queen on Saturday night

Rocking: The BBC ‘s Party At The Palace kicked off with a spectacular appearance from Adam Lambert and Queen on Saturday night

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