Back in 2002, Her Majesty The Queen celebrated 50 years on the throne with her Golden Jubilee. The patriotic event was marked with a concert called Party at the Palace 18 years ago this week. And the whole thing was kicked off by Queen guitarist Brian May playing God Save The Queen on the roof of Buckingham Palace.
An iconic moment that is probably the best remembered of the entire event, May has been remembering the event today on his Instagram account.
After posting the clip, the 72-year-old said in a video: “Amazing that 18 years ago, I was on top of Buckingham Palace.
“The loneliest place in the world, playing God Save The Queen and terrified out of my wits.
“But it’s one of those times where you face the fear and you’re never quite the same again after it.”
Speaking on BBC’s Newscast last month, the Queen guitarist said: “I don’t know if it’s going to be appropriate to be putting 18,000 people in a confined space and playing music to them.
“I think we all have to look at this very carefully.
“Will it be appropriate for people to be charging around the world on jumbo jets and using up fossil fuels and polluting the Earth? I’m not sure.
“I think we have to rethink absolutely everything.”
During lockdown, Queen and Adam Lambert released a charity single, recorded remotely, called You Are The Champions.
On the song, May said: “It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for Humanity against the insurgent coronavirus.
“Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new CHAMPIONS.
“That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. CHAMPIONS ALL!!!”