Fabs and Fabber: The Queen’s Jubilee Concert


I love you, England, and all the crazy paraphernalia you wore to toast the Queen. And by “you” I mean both YOU, reader currently wearing Union Jack sunglasses, and also you, Grace Jones.

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  1. Stefanie
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    I feel like the queen was sitting there thinking “Who in the hell are all these people? I’ll have to ask Elton if he knows.”

    LOL @ LOOK! Robbie’s on fire!

  2. Lucille Austero
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    I think Kylie Minogue’s Pearly Queen outfit is fab and a lovely shout out to tradition.

  3. Marte
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    Annie Lennox was singing her famously fabulous “There must be an angel” – and had thus themed her costume to her song. I’m ever so impressed with Grace Jones (64), who hoolahooped all through her song!

    • Shiitake
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      Annie and Grace are goddesses.

      • Chasmosaur
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        Grace. Jones. Is. Awesome.

        At 64, she still manages to look fabulously cramazing. She was SWINTON before Tilda. I now wish to see both of them on a stage or red carpet somewhere, if that wouldn’t explode the Universe. Universe – make it happen, please.

  4. Annalynn
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    Just had to share that the guy with the hat you love apparently gets around, because I snapped this photo of him at the Chelsea Slower Show two weeks ago. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4039210976244&l=62487aaa36

  5. Kelly
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    The Queen was wearing a cape. It was awesome.

    Also Cheryl sounded terrible.

  6. marie
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    did the Queen say “off with her head” after Ms. Cole here butchered the “I Need You Now” song? seriously, she needs to go back with Girls ALoud stat..she’s not a solo artist..

  7. BrownEyedBetty
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    I heard on the news this morning that come 2015, Elizabeth will be the longest reigning British monarch ever, out-distancing Queen Victoria who currently holds the record. So, how will they celebrate that I wonder? It seems they pushed the biggest boat out for this one so how will they beat that? And if she makes it to 2022 for her Platinum Jubilee…woo hoo, what a celebration that will be! They’ll have to think of new and unusual ways to go over the top… (-:

  8. TaraMisu
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    The hat in slide #2…. I MUST HAVE IT!
    “Robbie Williams is on fire” LMAO!
    Cheryl Cole was horrible.
    I love me a Queen in a cape… carry on.

    • JM
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      I have the Queen doll that is on the top of the hat. The purse is actually solar powered and makes the hand wave. Found it at a store in the US called Francesca’s.

      • Julie
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        Cheryl’s by far the worst singer out of Girls Aloud. I don’t know how she has a solo career… no wait, yes I do.

        JM, that’s fantastic! I’d love one.

      • Sally
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        OMG! Where is Francesca’s? Must have waving Queen doll. Must have.

        • JM
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          I live in MN but they are franchised so they might be in other states.

        • RC
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          If you happen to be in Washington, DC, Chocolate Moose in Farragut sells them.

  9. Terry McTigue
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    Kylie’s outfit was a modern version of a London tradition, the Pearly Kings and Queens. I believe it was/is a working class East End tradition.

    • Jessica
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      Oh, that’s so cool. I was unaware of this. CARRY ON KYLIE.

      • openroses
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        The White Stripes did it too on an album cover. The pearly-buttons-on-black outfits are usually less revealing, however, than that one on Kylie.

        You can find some amazing photos of old ones online:

        http://www.pearlysociety.co.uk/

        • Cranky Old Batt
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          Thanks openroses, I love me some obscure historical dress stuff.

        • Anne At Large
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          The White Stripes did it for the Icky Thump album cover.

          It’s also what the band was wearing during the “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” number in Mary Poppins.

          Yes I just rewatched it. And yes, Dick Van Dyke’s accent is still atrocious.

  10. Kit
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    “Oh! Indeed he is. Good show Robbie!”

    Is my favourite-ist line in like, weeks. :)

  11. jo
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    I was hoping so bad you’d comment on Grace Jones. Twitter was WTFing like crazy throughout her performance!

  12. Andre
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    can we just talk about the fact one of the performers, Ed Sheeran, was singing a song about a dying prostitute in front of the royal family?

    • Laura
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      Completely agree. Paul McCartney singing ‘Live and Let Die’ seemed like a bad choice too.

  13. ckc
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    I read that Queen Elizabeth’s cape was one that Cecil Beaton had made for her in the 60′s, which makes it even more awesome.

    Also, didn’t someone wear a version of Renee Fleming’s dress to something lately? I feel like I’ve seen it recently.

  14. ChristieLea
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    I am still trying to catch my breath over “LOOK! Robbie’s on fire!”

    How delightfully mischievious Wills and Harry look! How concerned and perplexed Kate and Bea are! Hurray!

  15. Claire
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    LOVE the Footballer’s Wives reference. My best friends have decided that Tanya’s speech at Chardonnay’s funeral will be read in its entirety at my own funeral, with absolutely no context or explanation given.

    • Chaiaiai
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      you BITCH. WHY didn’t I think of that?

      And yes, Fug Girls, thank you for referencing the greatest show of ALL time.

  16. Amanda
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    No lie, my grandmother owns Elton John’s entire outfit – including the metallic hot pink shoes.

  17. Sandra
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    As if you and Heather would ever even own adult-size blanket sleepers, much less wear them out in public. Even with Queen masks to hide your identity. : D

  18. Katie
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    They sell the Queen and corgi figures that those two people had on their hats in a tchotchke shop near where I live (SF Bay area) and every time I walk past the window, I stop and giggle. You put them in the sun and the Queen waves and the corgi’s head moves back and forth. It had never occurred to me to paste them on some sort of headpiece and parade about town. I was just going to stick the Queen on my dashboard!

    • Steph
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      Yes! They sell those here too. (Granted, I live in a city named after Elizabeth II’s grandma.) I want one SO badly.

      I felt badly for the Queen, as she seemed very sad at points that her husband wasn’t there with her. I am also very surprised that Elton didn’t wear head to toe Union Jack, although maybe even Elton realizes that might be a bit gauche for the occassion.

  19. Talley Lach
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    I thought for a minute (and maybe I still do) that Elton John had one Union Jack pants leg.

    How old is Grace Jones?! ‘Cuz Daymn! I mean, Daymn!

    Annie Lennox can wear any freaking thing she wants! Reason need not enter into it!

  20. AM
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    Your captions are EPIC! The best!LOL

  21. pathom
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    I, too, was touched by Charles’ kissing his mum’s hand. Mostly because she looked genuinely touched and happy at the gesture.

  22. Eliza Bennett
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    In slide 15 the queen is thinking, “Wil.I.Am, you best NOT break into ‘Boom Boom Pow.’ I’m watching you, son.”

  23. Külli Aavast
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    The moment when Charles called the Queen “mummy” in his speech was just the sweetest. And he has a good sense of humor too, apparently.

  24. Kris
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    Everything British is made of win these days! Love the Queen!

  25. Caitlin
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    I love, love, love everything about the Jubilee! You better believe that I have that Jubilee Thanksgiving service/balcony appearance DVRed and ready to watch when I get home from work. And I think ABC is showing us ‘Mericans the Concert tonight? SO MUCH TO WATCH! I just adore the fact that the Queen (THE QUEEN!) had to watch all these people perform. Will.i.am? Hahaha.

    • Neil
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      The Queen sat down to watch from about halfway through, so the first half was kind of toploaded with the younger artists she probably wouldn’t know (Will.i.am, Cheryl Cole etc.), so she just watched the likes of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Elton and Kylie.

  26. Eli
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    Elton John is made of win. I don’t care how many fights he gets into with her Madgesty.

    And Robbie Williams is as hot as when he was in Take That Back for Good.

  27. La Fifie
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    Too bad SWINTON wasn’t part of all of this fabulousness.

    • Chasmosaur
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      Grace Jones is her spiritual/sartorial godmother. I’m not sure the stage could carry both of them. ;)

    • Alison
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      Cross Grace Jones with Annie Lennox and you’d have something pretty close :)

  28. Cranky Old Batt
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    I’m saying “Awwww” to this whole post.

  29. Kirsten
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    The Queen wasn’t there for the whole thing, so luckily for her she missed will.i.am and Cheryl Cole’s atrocious performance. She missed Grace and Tom Jones too.

    • Caitlin
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      Oh good. I’m glad the Queen didn’t have to put up with OUR musical embarrassments.

  30. cindy
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    The “Oh! Indeed he is. Good show Robbie!” comment nearly made me choke on my sandwich. Fantastic.

  31. Gina
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    Until a few moments ago, I thought Robbie Williams was the actor who played Hagrid…..

    • Alison
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      Robbie Coltrane that is :) You’d need 3 or 4 Robbie Williams’ to make one Coltrane.

  32. Victoria
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    I think I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t give a crud about the queen or her jubilee =\

    • Alison
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      LOL! No you aren’t. But most people who aren’t interested won’t bother to open a post on the subject ;)

  33. katkin74
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    Grace Jones frightens me (still). She’s what, in her 60′s at least, and looks like she could still pop my head off with her thighs. I’d like to see her and Madge in a mud pit. Now that would be entertainment. Everything else in this post is “yay! for fun!”

    • jean
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      I think she and Swinton share some of the same DNA. They’re both awesome and somewhat frightening. Epic women.

  34. ceecee
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    Cheryl Cole looks like she is being swallowed by giant shiny black fish.

  35. nikole
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    1. Isn’t renee wearing what carrie underwood wore to the billboard awards?
    2. I love grace jones, never a dull dress moment with her
    3. cheryl cole cudn’t sing for sh*t, why was she there?
    4. Brits celebrations are awesome

  36. Liz
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    Though I like the the Queen stepped it up with the details on her dress, the color makes her skin tone look sickly.

  37. Sal
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    will.i.am is so British now that he ran part of the Olympic torch relay. In the interview he said that if he was British, Taunton (where he ran) would probably be where he was from, because it’s so much like where he is from in the US. Having been to both Taunton and LA, I can only assume he was making a very dead pan joke.

    Thank you for the Grace pic. I hope you spotted halfway through when the sweat started to run down her decolletage and she neither stopped hulaing nor missed a note. The woman is a consummate professional.

    • V
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      Will.I.am’s attempted hijacking of British events is not going down well in Britain. Most Brits are particularly put out by the fact he got his hands on the Olympic torch meaning an actual Brit will have missed out. As for his performance at the concert he was totally outsung by Jessie J and the only person who sang worse was Cheryl Cole. Even Rolf Harris was better than Will.I.am and his “protegee” Cheryl.

  38. vandalfan
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    will.i.am is pretty much wearing the uniform of a British redcoat in the Revolutionary War. Makes you want to shoot muskets at him.

  39. TonyG
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    “Put some Grace…in your face!” — lyrics from Love on Top of Love

    I love her. She is the originator! Madonna, Gaga, Perry and Minaj owe so much to her.

  40. Dave
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    Oh dear, I think you misspelled colour in your captiion for slides 2 & 3 ;-)

  41. Becky
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    Cheryl Cole’s dress looks like a beetle vomiting.

  42. Sajorina
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    I love Annie Lennox with a passion & I want her dress… FAB!!! I remember all the hoopla during the preparations for the Queen’s Jubilee when I went to London in June, 1997! Sadly, Princess Diana died just 3 months later! *sniffle*

  43. Alison
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    The Queen seemed quite emotional during Charles’ speech. But she must’ve been worried about Prince Phillip and upset and him not being able to be there. Although he was probably relieved at missing some of the ‘turns’.

  44. Jenna Horko
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    Gotta tip my hat to Grace Jones being her awesome, weird, somewhat-terrifying self. And Kylie for the Pearl Queen nod. And you for the “Robbie’s on fire” captions.
    Renee Fleming looked lovely.
    And Cheryl Cole stunk out loud. Sheesh, even I, with my current head cold and pathetic voice, could’ve sung better than that… Barlow should’ve hired an actual singer to duet with him.
    I feel bad for, and because of, Stevie Wonder. Great performance, but dude: it’s not the Queen’s 60th birthday, it’s her 60th year on the throne! Stop with the “happy birthday”! I can’t figure out if no-one explained it to him, or he had a brain fart, but I was cringing… Still, you’re a pro, next time find out why you’re performing.
    Loved Charles’ speech, though. The “mummy” was sweet. And totally upper-class, and thus hilarious. When Charles got the crowd to chant “Phillip”, the Queen looked like she was close to tearing up. Aww…

  45. Jill
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    Kylie’s outfit reminded me of the animated band that plays and sings ‘Supercalifragi…you know’ in Mary Poppins. Love that she mixed whacked out with traditional. :)

  46. Andrew S.
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    As Awesome as Grace was for the Jubilee, she once pulled the same stunt before, but that one was TEN minutes! -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHJIrVLKxyM

    her hula hoop game is ON POINT