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Queen's Students at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

International Public Policy student and class rep Jamie-Lukas Campbell was one of a group of Queen's students who attended the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in London.

Jamie-Lukas Campbell at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Jamie-Lukas at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in London

Queen's Students’ Spectacular View

Royal box
The Royal Box

QUB students stood to the right of the centre-stage just a few hundred feet in front of the royal box.

The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Party Concert was an outstanding experience I’ll not soon forget. More than 17,000 people, including senior ministers, members of the royal family, and international supporters, came out to mark the occasion that featured respected music sensations and popular UK icons.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge delivered special remarks, expressing their gratitude to the Queen and renewed calls for public commitments to sustainability.

The Best Bits

My personal highlights of the night include Ms Banks' collaboration with Duran Duran, Alicia Keys' iconic "New York," Andrea Bocelli's moving performance, Rod Stewart's "Sweet Caroline," and Diana Ross's closing performance.

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

The BBC's production designers went above and beyond with their incredible light show and a first-of-its-kind drone performance atop Buckingham Palace.

Pre-Show Sing-Along and Warm-up

The pre-show hosts energised the crowd and kicked-off a rock-star studded concert.

Platinum jubilee celebrations
The crowd get hyped

Broadway and film classic, ‘The Lion King’

Hamilton, The Lion King, and Phantom of the Opera brought Broadway to the Platinum Party!

Lion King
The Lion King

Rod Stewart blew the crowd away

Rob Stewart
Rod Stewart really got the crowd going

Outstanding Production Design and Drone Performance

Throughout the night, the production designers surprised the audience with a drone performance. The drones created an incredible lightshow; acknowledging the Queen’s corgis, infamous pocketbook, the UK Standard, a cuppa tea, and more – the drone performance was a memorable symbolic reflection of the monarch.

Corgi made out of drone lights
Corgi made up of drone lights

Exceptional drone show!

Sigala and Ella Eyre continued their performance with an incredible drone show taking place in the background directly above Buckingham Palace, earning cheers from the crowd.

Alicia Keys Moved the Crowd

Accompanied by an incredible production design that featured lights, projections, and the speaker system, Alicia Keys wowed the audience.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Star of the Night

Diana Ross performs ‘Thank You’ and her other popular tracks.

Diana Ross

All in all it was a fantastic show! I am grateful to have had an opportunity to attend the event as a Queen's student– it was truly a concert for Queen's fit for a queen!

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Jamie-Lukas Campbell

International Public Policy MSc | Postgraduate | USA

I am an International Public Policy MSc student in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics. An international student originally from New York City, I'm passionate about global affairs, politics, and Coronation Street, and currently serving as Postgraduate Officer in the Queen’s Students’ Union.

Jamie-Lukas Campbell