Gun salutes took place in London on Monday, May 4th to mark the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out in a procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace, to sound 41 shots in Hyde Park.
At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company left their Armoury House barracks in the City of London to fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday, May 2nd, in the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals were told of the baby’s name before the announcement was made public.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said on May 3rd: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.”
The Rolling Stones tickets for the band’s Hyde Park concert in July sold out in just five minutes.
Despite fans voicing concerns about the high cost of admission, which started at £95 ($150), the 65,000 tickets for Hyde Park gig went within minutes of being put on general release on Friday morning.
AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett said the response had been “incredible”.
Rob Hallett said: “We sold 65,000 tickets in the speed the system could handle it. If the system could handle it in seconds, we would have probably sold out in seconds.”
The Rolling Stones tickets for the band’s Hyde Park concert in July sold out in just five minutes
Tickets cost £95, although there were hospitality packages for sale at up to £299, but Rob Hallett said basic ticket-holders would not lose out.
He said: “The band wanted the regular ticket-holders to be right at the front of the stage staring at the whites of their eyes, not 200 yards away.
“The people who have coughed up for hospitality packages will get looked after in a way they have never known before.
“But when the doors open, if you can run faster than the next guy, it will be like any other general admission gig. You will get down front.”
The Rolling Stones will headline the Hyde Park gig in July, almost 44 years to the day they played a famous free concert in the central London park.
The band will also headline Glastonbury and play a north American tour later this year.
The Rolling Stones first ever concert in Hyde Park, which was on 5 July 1969, was just two days after the death of founder member Brian Jones and marked the live debut of his replacement guitarist, Mick Taylor.
Guitarist Keith Richards said he hoped there would be “some emotion involved” in the new gig.
The Rolling Stones are to perform in London’s Hyde Park for the first time after 44 years.
Their outdoor concert will take place on July 6, a week after The Rolling Stones’ first appearance at the Glastonbury festival.
The Rolling Stones famously played in the Hyde Park just two days after death of guitarist Brian Jones in July 1969.
The Rolling Stones are to perform in London’s Hyde Park for the first time after 44 years
At the first Hyde Park gig, a legendary free concert for an estimated 250,000 people in 1969, Mick Jagger wore a white dress on stage and read a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem dedicated to Brian Jones. Thousands of butterflies were then released into the air.
Unlike in 1969, this year’s show will not be free – but ticket prices have not been announced. The group angered some fans when they charged up to £406 for shows at the O2 arena last year.
The Hyde Park show – part of Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – will come a week after The Rolling Stones headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
Sir Mick Jagger, 69, said he would phone U2 singer Bono for advice following the Irish band’s 2011 performance.
“<<Don’t do it!>> might be his advice, but it’s a bit late for that,” Mick Jagger joked.
“It is quite a difficult gig,” he added.
“U2 had terrible weather and that didn’t help. You have to learn from their experiences.”
Bono later said U2 gave a disappointing performance at the festival because they were “a bit freaked out” by the conditions and the singer wore the “wrong shoes” for the stage.
The Rolling Stones have also announced a North American tour, beginning in May, but with more recovery time between gigs than in previous years.
“You gotta pace yourself,” Mick Jagger said.
“We have enough time before we come back to England, so we’ll be well recovered.”
But he said the group had no current plans to tour the rest of the world.
The Rolling Stones will be supported in Hyde Park in July by The Vaccines, The Temper Trap and Gary Clark Jr.
Last night hundreds of die-hard Madonna fans abandoned their Queen of Pop by marching out of London’s Hyde Park during her MDNA concert – some branding it the worst they had ever seen.
Even a sexy striptease on stage left fans cold- one simply stated: “When Madonna has concerts in her 50s where she strips herself on stage, you know her career is as dead as myspace.”
Many fans decided they did not want to stick around to watch the finale as of the poor sound quality, terrible weather and Madonna’s failure to perform more of her classic hits.
One reviewer even said at one point Madonna screamed: “We love you Poland,” which if it was a joke fell flat on an already less than enthusiastic audience.
Others said a 10:30 p.m. curfew imposed by Westminster Council meant Madonna was forced to start her performance early, in broad daylight, which meant the elaborate staging was lost to some of the audience.
Earlier her management admitted it had failed to sell all the tickets for the concert – Madonna’s first in England for four years.
It is believed some fans were put off by the £77 ($120) for the open air show.
Madonna failed to impress many fans at the Hyde Park MDNA concert
A number of fans later complained on Twitter about the show. One user, Courtney, tweeted: “Worst gig I have ever seen.”
Dawn Gracie wrote: “Madonna left early,” adding later: “I mourn those vintage Madonna days … where potty mouth and violent imagery wasn’t necessary. Just good vibes and great music!”
Claire Whitaker said : “When Madonna has concerts in her 50s where she strips herself on stage, you know her career is as dead as myspace.”
Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and U2 star Adam Clayton were among celebrities seen watching the show – which finished just moments before the 10:30 p.m. curfew imposed by Westminster Council.
Her sexy strip took place while she sang Like A Virgin in front of the 50,000-strong crowd.
Madonna, 53, peeled off her clothing to reveal a sheer bra and black lacy thong, which she wore under fishnet tights.
Her toyboy boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, who was on stage as a backing dancer, then helped to fasten a corset around her.
The singer told the audience: “I like to live dangerously.”
Madonna also introduced her 11-year-old son Rocco, who joined her as a dancer during the gig.
As well as performing hits like Papa Don’t Preach, Hung Up and Vogue, she also showcased tracks from her latest album MDNA.
She made a dig at pop rival Lady Gaga by incorporating her track Born This Way during a rendition of Express Yourself.
Not all fans were disappointed. TV and radio presenter Toby Anstis tweeted : “I can definitely say, that was THE best live show I have ever seen! Mesmerising from start to finish! Amaaaazin!”
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