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The Beacons and the Beatle: Jubilee day three

The Beacons and the Beatle: Jubilee day three
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Beacons have been lit in the farthest flung reaches of the Commonwealth – the first of thousands to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Britain’s Queen.

Tonga and Australia blazed the trail for 4,000 more beacons to light up the UK.

Even the bow of the warship HMS Daring was lit up just east of Suez.

In London, tens of thousands of people are gathering for a spectacular pop concert on a stage set up in front of Buckingham Palace, featuring pop royalty like Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Sir Cliff Richard representing all six decades that the Queen has been on the throne.

The rain that drenched the Thames river pageant failed to washout the party spirit at the weekend.

Day three of the jubilee celebrations is promising to be kinder to royal revellers, with the forecasters predicting dry conditions for the Buckingham Palace concert.