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2002-Jun-03: "All You Need Is Love"

In celebration of her golden jubilee, today the Queen led her subjects in the singing of "All You Need Is Love".    In Slough, Her Majesty was given a metronome which she used to lead a 250-voice choir in the singing of the Beatle classic, thus launching an intricately choreographed sequence of the singing of the song throughout her realm.  Giant television screens projected scenes of choirs and instrumentalists all over Britain joining in the spectacular sing-along.  (see April 22)

In an earlier interview, Sir Paul stated,  "I still believe that love is all you need.  I don't know a better message than that."

Inside the Palace gates, Sir Paul led a bit of a sing-along of his own.  In London, outside the Palace gates, the crowds who camped out overnight outside Buckingham Palace burst into a spontaneous sing-along when they heard him begin to rehearse a rousing rendition of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in the palace garden.

The "Party at the Palace" is scheduled to go on this evening, in spite of the rain and yesterday's fire in the East Gallery of Buckingham Palace.  According to a Palace spokesman, "What we do know is it is nothing to do with the concerts or any of the arrangements to do with the jubilee. It is in a part of the palace that is not being used." The fire is said to have caused limited damage.  However, one firefighter was injured in the blaze.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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