Dame Shirley Bassey has said she would be “delighted” to perform a duet with Sir Tom Jones at the Queen’s Jubilee concert, but was unable to attend due to her schedule.
The 85-year-old Welsh singer has explained why she was absent from the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace in June, after recent reports suggested she had refused to collaborate with the singer. Welsh doctor, Sir Tom, because she wanted her own place.
In a statement, Dame Shirley said she had been offered a solo appearance but was unable to travel to the UK at the time.
She said: “Reports this morning suggested that I had declined to perform at the Queen’s Platinum Banquet because I was unhappy that I was not invited to make a solo appearance.
“This is completely untrue. I was offered a solo appearance and would be delighted to do a duet with Sir Tom, but my schedule simply did not allow me to travel to the UK at the time.
“Over the years, I have had the honor of performing at Your Majesty’s Gold and Diamond Celebrations, 90th Birthday Celebrations and Royal Variety performances. This is much more! “
The Jubilee Concert, held in front of Buckingham Palace, featured a star-studded lineup that included performances by Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Duran Duran and Queen + Adam Lambert.
It also includes live speeches by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
The BBC says Platinum Party at the Palace was the most watched show of the year to that point, with peak viewing numbers of 13.4 million and an average audience of 11.2 million.
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