Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park after 44 years

The Rolling Stones returned to London's Hyde Park today - after a gap of 44 years and one day.

Last time, Mick Jagger wore a white dress and began by quoting from a poem by Shelley. This time, Jagger - now Sir Mick and celebrating his 70th birthday in three weeks - was wearing a leopard print jacket and he launched straight into Start Me Up, the band's last top 10 hit.

The Rolling Stones perform on stage during Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It was the Stones' first gig in Hyde Park since that historic free concert on July 5 1969 - just two days after the death of founder member Brian Jones, who was found dead in the swimming pool at his Sussex home shortly after leaving the band.

A spectator watches The Rolling Stones. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Stones' set finished, as it began, with fireworks.

The veteran band had played for two hours, closing their initial set with Brown Sugar, then encoring with You Can't Always Get What You Want and a crowd-pleasing Satisfaction.

Mick Jagger and Keith Wood from The Rolling Stones perform Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire