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Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear open Jubilee concert

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday and watch a pop concert that started with the 96-year-old monarch having tea with Paddington Bear.

In a short video, the queen revealed that she kept the Bear’s favourite, a marmalade sandwich inside her ever-present handbag. She then started tapping along to the tune of the Queen rock anthem “We Will Rock You”, which opened the show.

A host of performers will appear on stage, including Alicia Keys, Diana Ross and Rod Stewart, before the queen’s son and heir Prince Charles, and her grandson Prince William, pay tribute to the record-breaking monarch following her 70 years on the throne.

The monarch was not present at Saturday’s concert due to the “episodic mobility problems” that have caused her to cancel a number of engagements recently.

Earlier in the day the queen also missed the Epsom Derby horse race.

Her daughter Princess Anne stood in for her mother, who has rarely missed the race during her record-breaking reign and watched on television from her Windsor Castle home.

Four days of celebrations to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne began with a military parade, a Royal Air Force flypast, and the lighting of beacons across Britain and the world, with tens of thousands of people joining the festivities.