Bran­dreth won­ders if star-stud­ded birth­day show is fit for the Queen

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WRITER GYLES Bran­dreth has ques­tioned whether the line-up of a mu­sic con­cert cel­e­brat­ing the Queen’s birth­day is a suit­able present for the monarch.

To mark the Queen’s 92nd birth­day on Satur­day, a starstud­ded bill of mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Shaggy, Craig David, Shawn Men­des and Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo will per­form at the Royal Al­bert Hall and the show will be broad­cast live on BBC One.

But in a ar­ti­cle, the for­mer Con­ser­va­tive MP, de­bates whether the choice of per­form­ers is a fit­ting trib­ute to the monarch.

“We know the Queen loves the Com­mon­wealth and Shaggy’s Ja­maican, Kylie’s Aus­tralian, Shawn’s Cana­dian, and Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo hails from South some­thing.

“But Bri­tish rap­per Craig David’s reper­toire in­cludes R&B, garage and hip hop, which are not known for be­ing the Queen’s favourite mu­si­cal gen­res. Per­haps he will give them some hip hop to cel­e­brate Prince Philip’s hip op?”

In the ar­ti­cle Bran­dreth, who has writ­ten a book about the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, re­counts his anx­i­ety of watch­ing a scene from stage show with the cou­ple at a Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance.

He asks whether the Queen has “seen enough” of acts that are in­tended for a younger au­di­ence.

The Queen’s Birth­day Party is on Satur­day on BBC One at 8pm. Africa, so that’s

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