Alicia Keys says The Queen ‘personally’ requested ‘every song’ she performed at her Platinum Jubilee


Alicia Keys reveals that The Queen ‘personally’ requested ‘every song’ she performed at her Platinum Jubilee

Alicia Keys gave her Instagram followers a behind-the-scenes look at her recent performance at Queen Elizabeth II‘s Platinum Jubilee festivities on Saturday.

While reflecting on her setlist at the star-studded even in a new video, the 15-time Grammy winner, 41, marveled at how ‘every song was requested personally by the Queen.’

In the recording, she can be heard gushing to her sons Egypt, 12, and seven-year-old Genesis ‘that the Queen requested the songs’ she would be singing at the Party at the Palace. 

Humbling: Alicia Keys gave her followers a behind-the-scenes look at her recent performance at Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee festivities on Saturday

Humbling: Alicia Keys gave her followers a behind-the-scenes look at her recent performance at Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee festivities on Saturday

Celebration: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London on Sunday

Celebration: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London on Sunday

Her eldest responded that it was ‘pretty cool’ as they sat on a golf cart.  

‘You can’t refuse the Queen. It’s against the law here,’ the preteen, who Keys shares with husband Swizz Beatz, quipped. 

The No One hitmaker even revealed The Queen requested she play her 2009 track Empire State of Mind. 

Fans across the pond: While reflecting on her setlist at the star-studded even in a new video, the 15-time Grammy winner, 41, marveled at how 'every song was requested personally by the Queen'

Fans across the pond: While reflecting on her setlist at the star-studded even in a new video, the 15-time Grammy winner, 41, marveled at how ‘every song was requested personally by the Queen’

Smiling: In the recording, she can be heard gushing about telling her boys 'that the Queen requested the songs' she would be sleeping at the Party at the Palace

Smiling: In the recording, she can be heard gushing about telling her boys ‘that the Queen requested the songs’ she would be sleeping at the Party at the Palace

So many looks to choose from: Ahead of her big performance, she reflected on how she would be 'playing with a 70-piece orchestra' for the first time and the struggle to pick what to wear

So many looks to choose from: Ahead of her big performance, she reflected on how she would be ‘playing with a 70-piece orchestra’ for the first time and the struggle to pick what to wear

Beautiful in both: While trying on different looks, she had trouble choosing behind a gorgeous black cape dress or jumpsuit

Beautiful in both: While trying on different looks, she had trouble choosing behind a gorgeous black cape dress or jumpsuit

Ahead of her big performance, she reflected on how she would be ‘playing with a 70-piece orchestra’ for the first time and the struggle to pick what to wear. 

While trying on different looks, she had trouble choosing behind a gorgeous black cape dress or jumpsuit.

Before hitting the stage outside the palace, Keys said a prayer then went on to belt out Girl On Fire, Superwoman and more in front of a 22,000-strong crowd outside Buckingham Palace.

Sweet: Her eldest said it was 'pretty cool' The Queen knew his mom's music as they sat on a golf cart

Sweet: Her eldest said it was ‘pretty cool’ The Queen knew his mom’s music as they sat on a golf cart

'You can't refuse the Queen. It's against the law here,' the preteen, who Keys shares with husband Swizz Beatz, quipped

‘You can’t refuse the Queen. It’s against the law here,’ the preteen, who Keys shares with husband Swizz Beatz, quipped

Blessed: Before hitting the stage outside the palace, Keys said a prayer then went on to belt out Girl On Fire, Superwoman and more in front of a 22,000-strong crowd outside Buckingham Palace

Blessed: Before hitting the stage outside the palace, Keys said a prayer then went on to belt out Girl On Fire, Superwoman and more in front of a 22,000-strong crowd outside Buckingham Palace

At one point Alicia told the audience: ‘You know when I’m in London, I feel like I’m home. It reminds me so much of New York. I love you London’ – before playing a transition of the City Of Gods into Empire State Of Mind.

The hitmaker told the crowd: ‘If you believe in hope, this song is for you. We’re never going to let go of our dream.’

The singer’s performance was one amid many star-studded appearances at Saturday’s concert, with acts including Elton John, Queen, and Diana Ross. 

Performance of a lifetime: At one point Alicia told the audience: 'You know when I'm in London, I feel like I'm home. It reminds me so much of New York. I love you London' - before playing a transition of the City Of Gods into Empire State Of Mind

Performance of a lifetime: At one point Alicia told the audience: ‘You know when I’m in London, I feel like I’m home. It reminds me so much of New York. I love you London’ – before playing a transition of the City Of Gods into Empire State Of Mind

Superwoman: The hitmaker told the crowd: 'If you believe in hope, this song is for you. We're never going to let go of our dream'

Superwoman: The hitmaker told the crowd: ‘If you believe in hope, this song is for you. We’re never going to let go of our dream’

Memorable: The singer's performance was one amid many star-studded appearances at Saturday's concert, with acts including Elton John, Queen, and Diana Ross

Memorable: The singer’s performance was one amid many star-studded appearances at Saturday’s concert, with acts including Elton John, Queen, and Diana Ross

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