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|Queen 'Wanted to Invite Everyone' to Musical Garden Party
- Invitation process for summer shindig at Buckingham Palace gets underway
THE QUEEN "would have liked to ask all the people in the country to come, but they wouldn't fit in," said Royal aide Sir Michael Peat of this summer's two concerts to be held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Instead of 56 million, some 12,000 will be welcomed into the Queen's backyard for each of the two summer concerts, one classical on June 1, one pop on June 3, held in celebration of the monarch's Golden Jubilee.
To get one of the precious tickets, applicants have to call this number - 0900 1952 2002 - or visit this website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/queensconcerts/ - to get their names on the ballot sheet. The two lucky groups of 12,000 will be chosen at random in April. Unlucky punters will be able to watch the musical extravaganzas on big screen TVs set up in a public parks up and down the country, as well as on BBC TV.
Among those appearing at the pop event will be Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John and there are rumours that the former Beatle will perform a duet with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. Beatle producer Sir George martin will produce the concert.
The classical celebration is to be directed by Nicholas Kenyon and will feature Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Sir Thomas Allen, and husband-and-wife Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu.