Earlier this summer, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surprised and delighted millions watching at home with a short sketch just as she did with Daniel Craig’s James Bond for the London 2012 Olympics. The late monarch enjoyed a cup of tea in Buckingham Palace with Paddington Bear before Queen and Adam Lambert opened her Platinum Jubilee concert from the Victoria memorial outside the front.
As the band began to play those iconic beats alongside military drummers, The Queen and Paddington could be seen tapping along on their cups of tea. It turns out that Brian May came up with the idea and asked if Her Majesty would do it.
Speaking at a special fan Q&A for Queen and Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody Over London Live Concert Film earlier this summer, the 75-year-old was asked how the band prepared for the royal spectacle.
Of course, they were delighted that The Queen agreed to do it and Adam Lambert was totally in the dark, admitting: “You guys knew before me! I didn’t know until after the show! I heard something back there, I thought, ‘I hear somebody talking’ because they were playing the videotape. And then after the show, I went on YouTube and saw it and went ‘Beautiful!’ I loved it, so cool!”