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LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II may have to miss a star-studded London concert in her honor on Saturday, but she brought the house down when she appeared in a surprise video captured with another British national treasure: Paddington Bear .

The 96-year-old monarch said she shared Paddington’s love of jam sandwiches in a surprise video, shown to open a platinum jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace, which delighted thousands who gathered on the third day of celebrations to mark her 70th jubilee .

Rock band Queen and Adam Lambert opened the open-air show in front of the palace, and artists such as Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Rod Stewart and opera singer Andrea Bocelli followed. Diana Ross will close the show with her first live performance in the UK in 15 years.

Prince Charles and Prince William, the Queen’s son and grandson, will speak to an audience of 22,000 and millions more on television.

The queen has been having trouble getting around lately, with what the palace describes as “episodic mobility issues”, limiting her public appearances in recent months. But her absence from the concert didn’t dampen the party mood in the crowd.

“It’s a magical experience… (It will) never happen again in our lives and it’s just amazing to be a part of,” said Sam Ahcquoim, from Cornwall, south-west England. “I was really, really excited and can’t wait to come in and start dancing now.”

The sovereign also opted not to compete in the Epsom Derby on Saturday. Instead, she was represented at the prestigious annual horse race by her daughter Princess Anne, who appeared with her family in the royal box to cheering crowds.

The Queen is widely known as a keen horse lover and has only missed the Epsom Derby a handful of times. On Saturday, five of her former racehorses were paraded and 40 jockeys who had ridden for the Queen formed an honor guard before the national anthem was played.

“She has been breeding horses for over 60 years. She knows all the bloodlines and she’s won a lot of races and she’s very knowledgeable,” Frankie Dettori, who lined part of the course with other jockeys, told the BBC.

“I’m sure she will find a TV today and watch live because she loves the derby so much,” he added.

It was the second time in as many days that the Queen’s mobility issues have deprived the crowds of a chance to see her.

On Friday, the Queen skipped a special Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in her honor. Palace officials said she experienced “some discomfort” at events the day before, including being waved out of Buckingham Palace by a large crowd.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered in St Paul’s on Friday to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since they retired from royal duties and moved to California two years ago.

Aside from attending Friday church services, the couple has so far stayed out of the spotlight. Her two children, Archie and Lilibet, who turned old on a Saturday, have yet to show up during this trip. A spokesman for the couple said they would not be joining about 30 other members of the royal family at Saturday’s concert and would be spending the day “privately”.

Meanwhile, other members of the royal family traveled to Wales and Northern Ireland as part of celebrations across Britain

William and his wife Kate took two of their three children – 8-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte – to Cardiff Castle in Wales before hosting a separate concert in the castle grounds in honor of the Queen.

The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited a 1950s-style seaside funfair in Belfast. Edward tried his hand at a pint of Guinness at a diner while Sophie watched a dance performance from the 50’s and 60’s.

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