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2001-Aug-04: An Invitation from Her Majesty

Sir Paul has been invited to perform (free of charge) next summer (on Monday, June 3) in celebration of Queen Elizabeth's fifty years on the throne.  This will be the first time her majesty has hosted a pop concert in her garden at Buckingham Palace.  The 14,000 tickets to the event will be free and awarded to the public by ballot. The concert will also be televised and broadcast worldwide by the BBC.

According to a Palace source: "A pop concert is appropriate because, during the Queen's reign, one of the things that Britain has been outstandingly good at is popular music.  We don't want to give the impression that we have moved in a wildly populist direction; it was the Queen's own desire to open her home to the nation."

The concert will close with a spectacular firework display set off by the Queen herself.  She will also also light the first beacon in a chain across the Commonwealth.

As details of the concert become available, they will be posted on the Queen's official jubilee website:  www.goldenjubilee.gov.uk

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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