Star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert, fit for the queen

(CBS News) LONDON - Some of Britain's biggest music stars rocked the night away Monday at a historic concert in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60 years on the throne.

On Tuesday, the queen and her subjects were giving thanks for her six-decade reign, and worrying about Prince Philip, who's in the hospital.

For all the big acts to perform in the Jubilee concert, it was the queen's silent expression after the finale that upstaged them all.

Prince Charles told the crowd, "The only sad thing about this evening is that my father couldn't be here with us, because unfortunately, he has taken unwell."

Prince Phillip, the husband the queen calls "her rock," missed the show because he had been hospitalized with a bladder infection.

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"(But) if we shout loud enough, he might just hear us in hospital," Charles said.

And cheer, they did, followed by chants of "Philip! Philip! Philip!"

Queen Elizabeth smiles as she attends the Diamond Jubilee concert
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A woman not known for showing emotion seemed genuinely moved at the outpouring of support from the 10,000 ticket holders in the stands, to the tens of thousands more who packed the wide boulevard that leads to Buckingham Palace.

And what a show it was.

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The artists and acts, from Kylie Minogue to Paul McCartney and Tom Jones to Elton John, were specially chosen to span the 60 years of the queen's reign.

Prince William and wife Kate shared the royal box with Prince Harry from the start of the concert.

The Queen arrived about a-third of the way through, suitably dressed to keep out the cold, and wearing yellow earplugs to keep out at least some of the noise.

The palace not only served as a backdrop, but a stage for 80's act Madness.

The playlist seemed especially tailored for the Queen, too.

Elton John did "I'm Still Standing."

Steve Wonder changed a lyric or two to suit her Majesty, singing, "Isn't she special, a young 86 years old."

Following the show, the Diamond Queen lit the national beacon - the last in a chain of beacons that stretched across Great Britain, and the globe, in a traditional sign of unity for the kingdom.

And after a concert that raised the roof at Buckingham Palace, the massive fireworks display that followed just about blew it off.

To see the Charlie D'Agata report, click on the video in the player above.

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