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The Prince of Wales gives a speech in honour of The Queen at the Diamond Jubilee concert

4th June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales paid a heartfelt tribute to his mother The Queen tonight after a rousing Diamond Jubilee concert.

Stood on stage with his mother the Queen a few feet away, The Prince told hundreds of thousands who had gathered to watch the star-studded event that they were "celebrating the life and service of a very special person".

He also remembered The Duke of Edinburgh in his speech: "The only sad thing about this evening is that my father cannot be here with us because unfortunately he's been taken unwell."

The Duke of Edinburgh is being treated for a bladder infection, which will see him remain under observation for a couple of days.

The Prince of Wales told the crowds: "Ladies and gentlemen, if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital."

A huge cheer went up from the spectators and many stamped their feet and chants of "Philip, Philip" broke out.

The Prince began his words of praise for The Queen by addressing her first as "Your Majesty", then "Mummy", which brought a huge cheer from spectators.

His Royal Highness told The Queen: "A Diamond Jubilee is a unique and special event, some of us have had the joy of celebrating three jubilees with you, and I have the medals to prove it.

"And we're now celebrating the life and service of a very special person, over the last 60 years.

"I was three when my grandfather George VI died and suddenly, unexpectedly you and my father's lives were irrevocably changed when you were only 26.

"So as a nation this is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us.

"For inspiring us with your selfless duty and service and for making us proud to be British."

At this point there were huge cheers from the crowds and members of the Royal Family.

There were lighter moments during the speech, with The Prince referring to yesterday's persistent showers which deluged the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

The Prince said: "If I may say so Your Majesty, thank God the weather turned out fine, and the reason of course was because I didn't do the forecast."

The Queen beamed when The Prince joked about the 12,000 guests who enjoyed a pre-concert picnic in the grounds of her official London home.

"Millions, we are told, dream of having tea with you, quite a lot of people have very nearly had a picnic dinner with you in the garden of Buckingham Palace," he said.

On stage were all the acts who had performed during the night including Sir Paul McCartney who had given the event a rousing finale.

The Prince ended by saying that through The Queen's leadership of the Commonwealth she had given the country that "essential sense of unity through diversity".

Then he led the crowd in giving three cheers for The Queen.

The concert was staged outside Buckingham Palace and so many people were attracted to nearby St James's Park and the Mall, where they could watch performers on big screens, that police declared the areas full just before 9pm and directed others to Hyde Park.

In the royal box along with The Prince was The Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and many other members of the Royal Family.

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha also sat near the royals and at one point were spotted chatting to Zara Phillips and her rugby-playing husband Mike Tindall.

Celebrities included Brian May, who famously played the national anthem on the palace's roof during the 2002 Golden Jubilee concert, television presenters Floella Benjamin and Kirstie Allsopp, and ex-Bond Girl Barbara Bach who is married to former Beatle Ringo Starr.

Kylie Minogue arrived on stage dressed as a Pearly Queen, wearing a romper-style black shorts suit adorned with mother of pearl buttons.

She completed the look with a black jacket that had a crown design in buttons on the back, and a peak cap.

Sir Elton John's Crocodile Rock was one of the biggest tunes of the night, with all the crowds joining in with the chorus, whose words "La, la, la, la, la" were projected on to the Palace. Sir Elton told the Queen from the stage that he was "honoured" to play for her.

The palace was transformed into a row of terraced houses, via a projection, for Madness' performance from the historic building's roof.

Lead singer Suggs ended the tune Our House by changing one of the lines of the lyric and saying in a posh accent "In the middle of one's street".

The royals all stood for the final act, Sir Paul McCartney, who ran through a string of Beatles songs including Magical Mystery Tour, All My Loving and Let It Be.

After The Prince's speech there was a huge fireworks display fired from the roof of the palace.