Ed Sheeran will sing his love song Perfect at Jubilee Pageant in a particularly moving tribute to the Queen and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The star will sing the hit romantic ballad at the end of London’s street carnival on Sunday, ahead of the national anthem, with huge screens around the stage filled with footage of images of the Queen and Philip.
Philip – described by the Queen as her “strong and persistent” man – has been married to the monarch for 73 years and has dedicated decades of his life to royal duties.
Tribute: Ed Sheeran will pay tribute to the Queen and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, by singing his love song “Perfect” at the Jubilee pageant.
He died in April last year at the age of 99 during the pandemic, leaving the Queen grieving for her lifelong confidant.
Other tributes to Philip will appear in the pageant, interpreting the Queen and Duke’s wedding in Bollywood style.
A 20-foot (6m) wedding cake, with a built-in sound system playing the classic Bollywood national anthem and accompanied by 250 Bollywood dancers, will take place at the mall to re-imagine their 1947 wedding celebration.
Philip’s beloved sailboat, the Bluebottle, will be featured in the Queen’s Favorites section, which also includes puppet corgis and horses.
Moving: Sunday’s carnival parade’s final act on the streets of London, before the national anthem, the star will sing the hit romantic ballad, with huge screens around the stage filled with footage of images of the Queen and Philip
The Platinum Jubilee is the first major milestone the Queen has celebrated without Philip, who has been by her side during the ups and downs of her long reign.
It was Philip who broke the news of her father’s death to 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth, who took over the throne as queen while they were traveling to Kenya.
He was the first layman to pay tribute to the newly crowned monarch at his coronation in 1953, and was present on her Silver and Golden Jubilee anniversaries and when she became the longest-reigning monarch in 2015.
For the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, Philip joined the Queen for a river extravaganza in extremely wet and windy conditions, joining a fleet of 1,000 boats along the Thames.
But he was hospitalized the next day with a bladder infection and missed the Jubilee concert and Thanksgiving service.
In her most recent Christmas broadcast, the Queen fondly recalled a year of personal grief, saying there was “lack of a familiar laugh” when she admitted her husband’s death.
Jubilee: Philip – a man described by the Queen as “strong and persistent” – has been married to the monarch for 73 years and dedicated decades of his life to royal duties (pictured in 1947)
She paid her personal tribute to her “beloved Philip”, commenting that his “mischievous, inquiring flicker was as bright at the end as it was when I first saw him”.
The Queen was a young princess when she first met handsome naval cadet Prince Philip of Greece during a visit to the Royal Naval Academy at Dartmouth in 1939.
18-year-old Philip was introduced to 13-year-old Elizabeth at the academy captain’s home.
Handsome, blond, and muscular Philip catches Lilibet’s attention when she jumps the tennis net to please her.
“Her eyes never left him,” recalls Elizabeth’s governess, Marion Crawford.
The two began writing letters to each other, and Philip was invited to spend Christmas 1943 with the royal family in Windsor.
Success: Perfect from Ed’s fourth album Divide, released in 2017 (taken May 2022)
They were secretly engaged during their stay in Balmoral in the summer of 1946.
Never-before-seen footage of the Queen aired on Sunday night in the BBC documentary Elizabeth: The Invisible Queen, showing the overjoyed princess proudly showing off her engagement ring in a home movie.
The official announcement was postponed until Princess Elizabeth turned 21 and returned from a royal tour of South Africa the following year.
The couple married in November 1947 and settled a few years later in their married life in Malta, where naval officer Philip was stationed, but the death of King George VI in 1952 changed their world.
Now head of state, the queen’s life is dictated by her duties as monarch, and the duke, who has given up a promising naval career as the king’s health deteriorates, is doomed to fall a step behind his wife.
Privately, the Queen defied Philip, who led the family, and the couple’s successful marriage became a solid cornerstone of the monarchy.
Death: Prince Philip died during the pandemic last April at the age of 99, leaving the Queen mourned for her lifelong confidant (taken in 1953)
In 1997, the Queen summed up the duke in a speech celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
She paid tribute to her husband’s far-reaching influence, saying: “He was someone who didn’t take compliments lightly.
“But very simply, he has been my strength and pillar over the years, and I, his entire family, and this country and many others, owe him a debt more than he will ever claim, or we will never Known debt.”
After Philip retired from royal duties in 2017, he is said to have spent most of his time in Sandringham, painting and reading while enjoying the Holy Land.
But in the final stages of their marriage, the couple found themselves living together as they shielded themselves from the coronavirus pandemic at Windsor Castle.
Milestone: The Platinum Jubilee was the first major milestone the Queen celebrated without Philip, who stayed by her side during the ups and downs of her long reign (taken in 1975)