Elton John to perform "I'm Still Standing" for Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, Elton John Getty/AP/CBS

Queen Elizabeth II, Elton John
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(CBS/AP) LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II is ready to rock .

A gala concert kicks off at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening with Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones heading the line-up.

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John is set to perform "Your Song" and "Crocodile Rock" for the queen, who's celebrating 60 years on the throne. He's also expected to sing his 1983 hit, "I'm Still Standing," perhaps a fitting choice for the long-serving queen -- depending on how you look at it.

Tom Jones will perform "Delilah,'' while Annie Lennox will sing "There Must Be An Angel." Kylie Minogue and Stevie Wonder will play a medley of greatest hits, and McCartney will play "Live and Let Die,'' his James Bond theme. American soprano Renee Fleming will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Britain's Prince Harry also makes his musical debut for the Diamond Jubilee. He plays the tambourine in a new song, called "Sing," and also appears in a music video for the song, along with his father, Prince Charles.

"Sing" was written by Take That singer/"The X Factor" U.K. judge Gary Barlow and "Phantom of the Opera" composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Will the queen enjoy it? Her musical tastes are a mystery, and the Press Association news agency reported that she brought a pair of earplugs with her to a similar concert a decade ago. According to The Guardian newspaper, the only song the queen has ever been known to request is "Some Enchanted Evening'' from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific."

"It may not be that pop or rock is her favorite music, but she has certainly supported us over the years and in return of course we have supported her,'' said Sir Cliff Richard, who had his first hit in 1959. "I think she'd probably rather go and see an opera.''

  • CBS News Staff

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