- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2002

LONDON When the band at Buckingham Palace strikes up old Beatles tunes, the soprano with the plummy voice should be recognizable enough. It'll be Queen Elizabeth II, belting out, "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah."
The monarch is expected to take the stage alongside Paul McCartney, the former Beatle she dubbed a knight five years ago, at a rock concert at the palace Monday. The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that she will "almost certainly" sing along when he performs the melody written by the late John Lennon.
Queen Elizabeth isn't noted for her love of rock music. She is, after all, 76 years old, and her tastes run more to "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "A Nightingale in Berkeley Square." Nor is the palace a typical rock venue.
But the palace concert Monday is a special occasion: a $5.8 million extravaganza billed as one of the high points of a spring and summer of celebrations observing the queen's 50 years on the British throne.
Buckingham Palace declined to discuss details of the queen's appearance at the concert and another, in a classical vein, Saturday. But palace officials did say that such a royal singalong "is not unprecedented."
They cited the celebration in 1995 of the half-century since the end of World War II, when Queen Elizabeth sang along with Vera Lynn, Cliff Richard and Elaine Paige. But there were no "yeah, yeah, yeahs" in "We'll Meet Again."
The Telegraph reported that plans call for the queen to go on stage with husband Prince Philip, the heir-designate to the throne Prince Charles, and Charles' two sons, Princes William and Harry, as Mr. McCartney, his band and an orchestra strike up "All You Need Is Love."
The song, which Mr. Lennon wrote in 1967, opens with the French National Anthem, "La Marseillaise," and rolls along with "Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love." With Mr. McCartney and the royal entourage calling the tune, the packed house will work its way through "All you need is love, love, love is all you need."
To wrap things up, the queen and all will sing out, "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, she loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah."


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