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Kate and William to join pageant

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to join the Queen on her royal barge during the River Thames pageant celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. Details of the event were released today.

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Music from the Beatles to be an 'integral' part of royal celebrations

Music is to be an integral part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and pieces commissioned for the event will receive their world premiere on special musical barges.

Beatles to be backdrop for Royal Jubilee celebrations. CD Cover from Abbey Road album. Credit: ITV News

Classical music, Bollywood anthems, Scottish tunes, English folk songs and military marches are some of the performances that will be staged on the river. The London Philharmonic Orchestra will play pieces relevant to buildings it passes.

It was announced today that music from the Beatles would be part of the backdrop to the events performed by musicians and singers on a barge led by celebrated jazz trumpeter and composer Guy Barker.

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