The Royal Barge passes St. Paul's Cathedral during the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant along the River Thames to Tower Bridge, London Sunday June 3, 2012. More than 1,000 boats will sail down the River Thames on Sunday in a flotilla tribute to Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne that organizers are calling the biggest pageant on the river for 350 years. (AP Photo/Lewis Whyld, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT
LONDON (AP) — The celebration of the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II is ready to rock.
A gala concert kicks off at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening with Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones heading the line-up, along with younger artists.
Afterward, more than 4,200 beacons are to be set alight in Britain and abroad to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. One beacon is to be lit in Kenya at the Treetops Hotel, where Elizabeth was informed of her father's death in 1952, making her the queen.
After a drizzly, gray start, the weather looked better Monday morning, with a forecast of some sunshine by the time the concert starts.