There was a deafening roar as the Queen, resplendent in a golden outfit, made her way to the centre of the stage at the finale of her Diamond Jubilee concert.
Mere hours earlier her husband Prince Philip had been taken ill, with a bladder infection.
However, the Monarch soldiered on, holding fast to her stoic sense of duty.
Prince Charles then paid tribute to his mother in a moving speech:
"Your Majesty, Mummy," he began, drawing a huge smile from the monarch, who looked visibly moved.
"I'm sure you would like to thank all the wonderful people who made tonight possible.
"And thanks to Gary Barlow for making this whole thing possible."
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