Singers and music bands have been performing for various members of the British Royal Family since the 1910s. Certain music bands have been lucky enough to be invited to perform for the Queen of England. This is a great honor, and over the years there have been many music artists, entertainers and bands that have received this privilege. For example, in 2012 the modern pop music bands One Direction and Girl’s Aloud performed in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. While One Direction is an all-boys band, Girl’s Aloud is an English-Irish all-girls band.
In November 2003, at the Edinburgh Festival Theater, the following bagpipe bands played in front of Queen Elizabeth II: ScottishPower Pipe Band, Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and the Drambuie Kirklston Pipe Band.
Royal Armoured Corps
The band of the Royal Armoured Corps, the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Liverpool Empire Theater in 2007 and they also performed for the Queen in 2009 at the Opera House Theater in Blackpool, England.
Spice Girls and The Bachelors
In 1997 the British girl band the Spice Girls performed for the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II at the Victoria Palace Theater. Back in 1966, a popular Irish group known as the Bachelors performed for the Queen at the London Palladium. In 1968 Diana Ross and the Supremes performed in front of the Queen Mother at the London Palladium in addition to acts by several other singers.
Jackson 5 and JLS
In 1972 the Jackson 5 had the honor of performing for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the London Palladium. In 1978 the Nolan Sisters performed for the Queen Mother at the same venue along with several other musicians. An English rock band JLS played for Queen Elizabeth II at the Diamond Jubilee Concert which was held in 2012 outside Buckingham Palace. JLS was an all-boys pop and R&B band. The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was held in 2002. This celebration featured Roger Taylor and Brian May of the rock band Queen. Queen sang several songs at this celebration.
Another band that came all the way from South Africa to play at the Golden Jubilee celebration was Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This is an all-male choral group that sings in styles known as mbube and isicathamiya. The Irish band, the Corrs, also played at the Golden Jubilee celebration. A British alternative post-Britpop rock band named Toploader sang at the jubilee in 2002.
Although we have only discussed music bands, over the years there have been many solo singers who have performed at one time or another for the Queen Mother or for Queen Elizabeth II. Although most of the singers and bands are from the UK, occasionally performers from other parts of the world are also invited. Even bands from as far away as South Africa have performed for the Queen of England.