Coronation concert - latest updates: King and Queen enjoy live performances as Prince William delivers tribute

An extravagant concert was held at Windsor Castle in honour of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, a day after the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The line-up of performers for the event included Take That, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Paloma Faith, Andrea Bocelli, Sir Bryn Terfel, and Alexis Ffrench.

A medley of theatre, ballet, theatre and arts performances also took place, featuring new Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa in an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Festivities began at 8pm and lasted until just after 10pm, and were staged the East Lawn of the castle’s grounds, marking the first time an event like this has taken place on the property. Those not at Windsor Castle were able to watch the concert live on BBC One.

Singer-songwriter Freya Ridings had to pull out of procedings due to being unwell, while presenter Zoe Ball has dropped out with just hours to go.

You can find a rundown of the best looks from the coronation yesterday here.

Key points

  • Katy Perry’s gold dress compared to Quality Street wrapper

  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog crash the coronation concert

  • Prince William pays tribute to King Charles III’s dedication to service

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Annnnnnnd that’s it? It’s over! Fairly abruptly, I thought. Straight into the news update on BBC One.

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One “Shine” later and Take That are onto their third (and last?) song, which invovlves a whole lot of pageantry.

It’s “Never Forget”.

The marching band accompanying Take That (BBC)
The marching band accompanying Take That (BBC)

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They’re doing “Greatest Day”, surprise, surprise.

A whole lot of facial expressions from everyone on stage, Gary Barlow especially. Extremely, err, expressive.

Take That at the coronation concert (BBC)
Take That at the coronation concert (BBC)

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“Please welcome to the stage, British pop royalty... Take That!”

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I’ve been told people are comparing Perry’s outfit to a Quality Street wrapper.

Toffee penny, perhaps?

Katy Perry at the coronation concert (BBC)
Katy Perry at the coronation concert (BBC)

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Katy Perry comes on with a ROAR.

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Alan Titchmarsh now, paying homage to the monarch’s green thumb.

Here’s HRH “giving a tree a handshake”...


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More fun, for anyone who might have been looking away during the brief muppet invasion.

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This got missed in the rat-a-tat influx of performers... Tom Cruise!

The Top Gun: Maverick star seems like he’s up to his old tricks.

Watch here:

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Straight into Paloma Faith. They’re really rattling through procedings here. I guess when it’s a bill this crammed, you more or less have to.

Lots of nice images of the Lighting Up the Nation initiative. That’s what this bit’s about.


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Brief rendition of “God Save the King”, then an appearance from actor and occasional hair transplant spokesperson James Nesbitt.

Repping Northern Ireland, of course, with a nice little monologue.

“Let’s light up the nation like a smile.”

James Nesbitt (bbc)
James Nesbitt (bbc)

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“Unlike Lionel, I won’t go on all night long...”

Prince William on stage now with the jokes. But he soon gets serious, with a nice mention of his late “proud mother”.

Pays tribute to his father for putting environmental issues first. And the Prince’s Trust, which has supported over a million young people, he says.

Looking quite emotional to be honest.

“Pa, we are all so proud of you.”

William at the coronation concert (BBC)
William at the coronation concert (BBC)

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A certain irony to the fact that Bocelli and Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, given its association with Liverpool football club.

The national anthem wasn’t given such a great reception when it was played at Anfield earlier in the weekend...

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Andrea Bocelli into Lionel Richie. Some real pedigree on show.

Richie currently performing “All Night Long (All Night)”, aka his biggest banger.

Richie on stage (BBC)
Richie on stage (BBC)

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Threatening to steal the show, we have Miss Piggy, engaging in some classic muppet-and-man back-and-forth with Bonneville. Cue Kermit the Frog.

Charles et al seen cracking up in the royal box.

Hugh Bonneville and the muppets (BBC)
Hugh Bonneville and the muppets (BBC)

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Tiwa Savage singing a charismatic afrobeats track... and an even more charismatic dress. Delightful!

Tiwa Savage at the coronation concert (BBC)
Tiwa Savage at the coronation concert (BBC)

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Steve Winwood storms the stage with his 80s banger “Higher Love”.

Doesn’t have the voice he did all those decades ago (unsurprising, really), but good lord, what an infectious song.

Winwood is in fact father-in-law of Ben Elliot, Camilla’s nephew, meaning his grandson Arthur was one of the Pages in the coronation.

Steve Winwood at the coronation concert (BBC)
Steve Winwood at the coronation concert (BBC)

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After a segment paying tribute to the King’s flair for watercolours, it’s Lucy, performing on piano, from The Amber Trust.

Lucy from the Amber Trust performing at the coronation (BBC)
Lucy from the Amber Trust performing at the coronation (BBC)

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The Doctor is in! Newbie Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa is on stage performing a snippet of Shakespeare while West Side Story plays in the background.

There’s a lot going on here, a big collaborative effort between a lot of different performing schools. Sweeping.

Almost wish you had more time to drink it in. But no! Onto the next.


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The virtuoso pianist introduces Nicole Scherzinger, who delivers an absolutely sensational rendition of Disney’s Mulan theme.

What. A. Voice.

Nicole Scherzinger (bbc)
Nicole Scherzinger (bbc)

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Tom Jones and Hugh Jackman paying tribute to the King’s musical skills in a couple of pre-recorded videos.

“He can recite Shakespeare; he can play trumpet, piano, and cello. His cello is being played onstage tonight.” Piano maestro Lang Lang now on stage strutting his stuff.

Lang Lang (bbc)
Lang Lang (bbc)

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Murs is followed by the Coronation Choir, who look like they’re having an absolute blast singing “Brighter Days”.

The choir is a group created from the nation’s keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK, such as refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBT+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs.

The Coronation Choir sing ‘Brighter Days' (bbc)
The Coronation Choir sing ‘Brighter Days' (bbc)

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He’s followed by Olly Murs, who belts out a pretty enthusiastic “Dance With Me Tonight”.

Olly Murs performing at the coronation concert (BBC)
Olly Murs performing at the coronation concert (BBC)

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Hugh Bonneville currently addressing the crowd... Paddington here in spirit at least.

Joked that the King is an “artist... formerly known as Prince”. On and off pretty quickly, good stuff.

Charles and Camilla wave to the crowds

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Charles and Camilla wave to the crowds (The Independent)
Charles and Camilla wave to the crowds (The Independent)
 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

Celebs, politicians and members of the royal family mingle at VIP reception

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My insider source is rubbing elbows with the creme de la creme over in the VIP section...

So far we have makeup mogul Charlotte Tilbury, Kier and Victoria Starmer, Oswald Boateng, actor Richard E Grant with his daughter, Olivia, BBC director general Tim Davie, Matthew Freud and his partner, environmentalist and jeweller Sheherazade Goldsmith, Alexander Scully of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, Queen Camilla’s nephew, Ben Elliot, and his son Arthur (one of the Pages at the coronation yesterday) and British acting legend Felicity Kendal in a glorius red dress. Guests were bussed in from the Windsor Farm Shop. The champagne is flowing and the canapes are being passed around!

Felicity Kenda; (The Independent)
Felicity Kenda; (The Independent)

Clara Amfo interviews Take That!

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It’s Gary Barlow and the Take That boys! Apparently they’ve flown DJ Robin Shultz in from Dubai, along with Calum Scott, so it’s sounding like fans will be getting something a little different tonight, alongside the big hits. “This is our first band performance live on stage since 2019, so we’re just looking forward to getting out there and giving it some.”

Spotted! Zara and Mike Tindall getting ready for some live music

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Spotted! A right royal pair looking excited for tonight’s festivities. We’re expecting Charles and Camilla to turn up in the next 10 minutes.

Zara and Mike Tindall (The Independent)
Zara and Mike Tindall (The Independent)

Here we go!

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Sitting comfortably? The stage is looking pretty spectacular, positioned right in front of Windsor Castle. The newly crowned King Charles III and Queen Camilla are expected to arrive in the next 20 minutes.

Sofia Richie shows off ‘chic’ coronation concert outfit ahead of father Lionel Richie’s performance

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Sofia Richie has shared a preview of the outfit she’s chosen for King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronationconcert, where she will watch her father Lionel Richie perform.

On 7 May, a day after the King and Queen were crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the coronation celebrations will continue with a star-studded concert at Windsor Castle. The concert, which will take place on the East Lawn of the castle’s grounds - the first time a large-scale event has been staged on the property - will feature performances by a number of musical guests including Katy Perry, Richie, Take That, and Andrea Bocelli.

For the occasion, Richie, who recently returned from her honeymoon after exchanging vows with husband Elliot Grainge in a lavish wedding in the South of France last month, has chosen a bright pink outfit.

Full story:

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It’s almost time.

Celebrities arrive on the red carpet

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Alexis Ffrench is walking the red carpet right now, ahead of his performance on the huge concert stage later this evening. He’s looking very dapper in a teal suit (a popular colour this coronation weekend) and waistcoat, purple suit and tie, and a bowler boater hat with a black leather strap and silver buckle embellishment.

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Just half an hour to go before the music kicks off! Which artist on this mad lineup are you looking forward to seeing?

While you’re waiting, here’s a look at the bonkers history of royal music events:

‘The Queen wore earplugs’: Royal pop concerts have always been weird

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Also making an appearance tonight... it’s Maverick himself, Tom Cruise!!

He’ll be lending some much-needed star power to the show, but fans must be hoping he can muster something a bit better than this bizarre stunt he recently recorded for James Corden’s The Late Late Show.

Tom Cruise fans baffled by actor’s ‘bizarre’ Lion King stunt with James Corden

Gareth Malone hopes to redeem himself at coronation concert

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Gareth Malone has said he hopes he can redeem himself during the Coronation Concert after he suffered a major technical issue when he performed in front of the King during a Royal Variety Performance.

The choirmaster will conduct the 300-strong Coronation Choir during the celebratory event on Sunday evening in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Speaking ahead of the event, Malone told the PA news agency: “I performed at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the then-Prince Charles and my backing track went completely wrong and so the whole thing fell apart and it was the worst ever performance I’ve ever had in my whole career.

“For years I wouldn’t use any technology and I’m hoping that I’m going to lay that ghost to rest this very night.”

Malone, along with Amanda Holden, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Motsi Mabuse, were part of a celebrity coaching line-up who mentored the choir ahead of their performance.

Holden and Malone revealed they drove around Croydon in London as they considered a number of options including classical songs and Disney tracks, before deciding on Emeli Sande’s Brighter Days.

“It was a long, long list but it had to be a song that was about hope and about the future,” Malone said.

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William and Kate gifted coronation beer by royal fans during Windsor Castle walk

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Just one hour to go now... how’s everybody feeling?

Excited? Cold? Impatient?

Maybe, like me, you’re just feeling glad not to have work in the morning...

A royal fan at the coronation (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
A royal fan at the coronation (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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(For those that are wondering, the “choir” in question is the Coronation Choir, a group created from community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK, such as refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBT+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs.)

Music fans clock to Windsor Castle for the Coronation Concert

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Thousands of royal fans wearing a huge range of Union flag clothing - including dresses, hats, glasses and suits - have gathered for the show to celebrate the King’s coronation.

Sarah Edwards travelled more than two hours from Ipswich to the concert with her daughter Charlotte.

The mother told the PA news agency: “We watched all the coronation on TV yesterday. It made us really excited to be here today. I think it’s a big part of history for my daughter to be a part of.

“I’m really excited to be part of such a big day.”

Well-wishers had earlier gathered on the Long Walk to watch local groups perform a range of songs, including a Windsor rock choir who performed along with a local theatre group, who sang tracks from the musical Matilda.

The Prince and Princess of Wales made a surprise visit to the Long Walk and spent half an hour speaking with a range of performers and visitors.

Faatimah and Hafsah Malik took the short journey from Slough to the concert. The pair were excited to watch Katy Perry and to try and catch a glimpse of the King.

Hafsah Malik said: “I would like to meet them. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was really shocking to win the tickets.

“I love Kate. She has a really beautiful style. It’s very simple but elegant.”


Faatimah Malik met Charles when he was still a prince on a visit in Birmingham, and she has come to Windsor to try and see him again.

Meanwhile, Take That superfans Dawn Fenwick and Sian Gould are excited to see the group perform at Windsor Castle.

Ms Fenwick has been taking her daughter Ms Gould to Take That concerts since she was a child.

The pair travelled from High Wycombe to see one of their favourite groups and to try and see the royal family dancing along.

Ms Fenwick said: “I’m looking forward to seeing Charles having a bop. Being a part of it is why we are here. It’s a shame it’s not the full five (members of Take That).”

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Zoe Ball drops out of BBC’s coronation concert coverage with just hours to go

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Presenter Zoe Ball has dropped out of presenting the BBC’s coronation concert coverage with just hours to go.

On Twitter, Ball revealed to followers that she had fallen unwell in the build-up to the event. The concert is taking place at Windsor Castle on Sunday (7 May), one day after King Charles III ascended to the throne.

Full story:

Zoe Ball drops out of BBC’s coronation concert show at last minute

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I wonder if the choir will be bringing out this banger again...

Coronation viewers confused as ‘Champions League anthem’ plays during ceremony

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Good evening! Tonight we’re hoping to bring you some entertaining coverage of the coronation concert, which will include performances from headliners Take That, Lionel Richie and Katie Perry, plus opera singer Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time:

Everything you need to know about King Charles’s coronation concert

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Here’s something I just learned – the BBC are capturing the weekend’s events on a staggering array of 150 different TV cameras.

May God have mercy on whoever’s doing the editing...

BBC to film coronation festivities with 150 cameras

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ICYMI: A link to our explainer, answering (hopefully) all your questions about the concert.

How to watch it, who’s performing, etc etc.

Everything you need to know about King Charles’s coronation concert

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Among the artists performing tonight: 80s music giant Steve Winwood.

Dennis Reynolds would be happy...

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They might not have landed Paul, but there’ll still be McCartney representation on show at Windsor Palace.

The former Beatle’s daughter Stella is set to perform a conservation-focused speech.

Stella McCartney to perform conservation-focused speech at Coronation Concert

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Very much recommend this read – Katie Rosseinsky digs into the weird, idiosyncratic history of the royal concert.

‘The Queen wore earplugs’: Royal pop concerts have always been weird

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Remember the Platinum Jubilee concert last year?

Our reviewer Mark Beaumont described the celebration as “one of the most bizarre barrages of random entertainment ever staged”.

Tonight, organisers will surely be hoping for similar.

The Jubilee concert was an utterly bizarre barrage of random entertainment – review

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Some old concept images of what the BBC think the coronation concert stage will look like later.

The sunset might have been a little optimistic...

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There was a pretty messy aftermath at the Mall yesterday.

Will Windsor Palace be left in a similar state by morning? Time will surely tell.

Buckingham Palace Mall littered with tents and union jacks in coronation aftermath

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William and Kate sharing a last update before the concert.

(Think Harry might need a VPN if he wants to watch along on iPlayer)

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The Prince of Wales will be making a surprise on-stage appearance during the concert.

Here’s what they’re up to at the moment...

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From yesterday evening: Coronation attendees were spotted singing Katy Perry songs on the tube.

In footage shared by Christopher Hope of the Daily Telegraph, a number of people can be seen belting out “Firework”.

Coronation attendees sing Katy Perry songs on packed Tube after Charles crowning

What did our critic say about the Platinum Party at the Palace?

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Our critic Mark Beaumont isn’t exactly a royalist, but even he couldn’t help but admire the bizarre carnival that was last year’s Platinum Party at the Palace.

Read his review:

The Jubilee concert was an utterly bizarre barrage of random entertainment – review

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The first revellers in the queue, six hours before showtime. That’s a long wait!

Long waits, of course, a subject Charles is very familiar with...

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In case any keen-eared people were wondering about the music they’ve been hearing throughout the weekend...

Expect we’ll be hearing again tonight!

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Safe to say this is one artist who won’t be making an appearance tonight...

The Cure frontman Robert Smith shares anti-monarchy cartoon

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Viewers were able to get a little peek at some of tonight’s acts during the coronation proper yesterday morning.

Katy Perry, in particular, provoked all kinds of amusement with her antics at Westminster Abbey.

An instant meme?

Katy Perry addresses meme-worthy moment she struggled to find seat during coronation

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Tonight’s concert will of course be broadcast on the Beeb.

From yesterday, here’s Nick Hilton’s breakdown of all the TV coverage of the coronation.

“In the build-up, the BBC gave the commentary reins to Clare Balding, a seamless multi-register presenter as comfortable talking about ladies-in-waiting as synchronised swimmers (though the rain driving down on the Mall might have temporarily elided that difference). Julie Etchingham and Tom Bradby, who have been given extensive royal duties over the past year, led ITV’s team. The third channel also dispatched Charlene White to reunite with Ant and Dec (esteemed guests of the new king), who she last saw on the set of I’m a Celeb. This was about as close as either broadcaster came to a concession to youth.”


How the battle of coronation commentary played out for BBC, ITV and Sky

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A little explainer for the evening’s affair here.

Wondering what time it begins? Who’s performing? How to watch it?

Look no further.

Everything you need to know about King Charles’s coronation concert

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As you would imagine, preparations for the concert are already well underway at Windsor Castle.

You can watch some of that live here...

Watch live: Preparations get underway at Windsor Castle ahead of coronation concert

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Ball’s announcement comes after singer-songwriter Freya Ridings was forced to pull out yesterday, also due to illness.

Read more:

Freya Ridings pulls out of Coronation Concert

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Good morning. Less than 10 hours to go until the coronation concert, and there’s some breaking news...

Presenter Zoe Ball has had to withdraw from the event at the last minute.

Pete Tong: King Charles requested Ibiza songs for his coronation concert

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DJ Pete Tong has revealed the King specifically requested Ibiza classics songs as part of his coronation concert.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ, who has been tasked with delivering the King’s wish at the event being held on Sunday evening, said he hopes it will be a “brilliant” way to start the show in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Speaking to the PA news agency backstage ahead of the event, Tong said: “He wanted Ibiza classics, that was very specific.

“And then they asked us to suggest a couple of songs so we suggested three or four, and he came back with one of them and that’s the one that’s starting the show, so they very much had an involvement in what they wanted us to perform.”

Asked why he felt this genre was among the playlist requests, he added: “I think they want to put across a big variety of UK talent and touch all different demographics and be relevant to different age groups.

“I mean, the shows we do we literally get kids up to pensioners. Relapse ravers, we call them - so maybe there’s a few relapsed ravers in the royal household, we don’t know.”

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