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Stars shine for jubilee

STARS of the diamond jubilee concert including Paul McCartney and Cheryl Cole told of their joy at performing for Queen Elizabeth after they met her at the end of the show.

Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue chaperoned the queen, introducing her to many of the performers after the show.

McCartney, who closed the event with a pyrotechnic spectacular, said he had been delighted to take part.

"It was a fantastic spectacle. I don't know why people think the British are so stuffy when the queen holds raging house parties like this."

Comic Peter Kay greeted the queen wearing a Beefeater costume he had specially made for the occasion, which he had earlier worn on stage.

"She said, 'Where did you get it?'. I had it made for £100 (¤123) in Rawtenstall. It was an amazing event -- like a big posh school play."

Ed Sheeran, who performed solo unlike many of the big production numbers, said: "It was a pretty nice experience. I took up the guitar the day after I watched the jubilee concert 10 years ago. I started after seeing Eric Clapton -- I can't believe I am here 10 years later.

Robbie Williams said: "It felt amazing. It felt so patriotic, and normally I am a very nervous performer but for some reason, I think it was the vibe from the crowd and to be with the best of British is a huge honour."


Cheryl Cole said of the day: "I'm just honoured to be here -- firstly to sing for the queen and be part of such a special day, and secondly to sing with Gary Barlow. I feel blessed to see her."

Jessie J told the queen: "It was overwhelming -- it was an amazing experience."

Cliff Richard said: "I found it fantastic. The most wonderful, wonderful celebration. I'm sure the queen was really thrilled and the crowd were ecstatic.

"I'm amazed I keep getting asked back to these things."