Ed Sheeran said he is returning to ‘daddy duties’ following his ‘surreal’ performance during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday evening.
The megastar, who became a father for the second time last month, performed his romantic hit ballad Perfect during the Jubilee celebrations, which featured images of the Queen and Prince Philip on giant screens around the stage.
‘I’m going back [to daddy duties] after this. I think we’re going to have a curry,’ Ed, 31, said in an interview ahead of his stellar performance.
Back to reality: Ed Sheeran, 31, said he is returning to ‘daddy duties’ following his ‘surreal’ performance during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday evening
He continued: ‘This is like a full circle nostalgia moment. This is the event I picked up a guitar at seeing Eric Clapton and then ten years ago go to play it at the Diamond Jubilee.
‘I find it really surreal. I do find it really surreal. I’ve still got the [2002 Golden Jubilee concert] Party at the Palace DVD in my house. These events make you pinch yourself.’
On the atmosphere at the event, he added: ‘Really nice and, touch wood, the weather’s alright…
Congratulations! Ed announced last month that he and wife Cherry Seaborn had secretly welcomed to their second child [pictured in February]
Surprise! The singer, took to Instagram at the time to announce the shock news, sharing a picture of a white pair of baby booties
Good news: Captioning his snap, Ed penned: ‘Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl. We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4 x’
‘It’s vary rare you actually get days like this to feel patriotic. I think the last like this was the Euros final.’
Ed cut a dapper figure as he took to the stage outside Buckingham Palace to perform.
He wore a navy blue suit which he teamed with a white shirt and a silver tie, while holding his guitar in front of him as he sung.
Born to perform: The megastar performed his hit ballad Perfect during the celebrations, which featured images of the Queen and Prince Philip on giant screens around the stage
Speaking out: ‘I’m going back [to daddy duties] after this. I think we’re going to have a curry,’ Ed said in an interview ahead of his stellar performance
Dream: He continued: ‘This is like a full circle nostalgia moment. This is the event I picked up a guitar at seeing Eric Clapton and then ten years ago go to play it at the Diamond Jubilee’
It was announced Ed would be performing during the Platinum Jubilee at the end of May.
He took to the stage at the finale of the carnival process through the streets of London, ahead of the National Anthem, singing his footage hit romantic ballad Perfect as featuring images of the Queen and Philip filed the giant screens around the stage.
Philip – the man the Queen described as her ‘strength and stay’ – was married to the monarch for 73 years and devoted decades of his life to royal duty.
Looking good: Ed wore a navy blue suit which he teamed with a white shirt and a silver tie, while holding his guitar in front of him as he sung
He died at the age of 99 in April last year during the pandemic, leaving the Queen grieving for her lifelong confidant.
Ed said he would be heading home to spend some quality time with his partner Cherry Seaborn and their two children after Ed announced last month they had secretly welcomed their second child.
The couple are already parents to elder daughter Lyra Antarctica, 21 months, whom they welcomed in August 2020.
Making music: Ed performed on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012
The Queen appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the final act of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The 96-year-old monarch appeared for a few minutes and waved to the crowds from the balcony, where she was joined by members of her family, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The crowd outside the Palace sang the national anthem, after the Queen – who has been experiencing some discomfort in recent days – and her family waved on the balcony.
Celebrations draw to a close: The Queen, Prince Charles and the Cambridges appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony to see the end of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Hoards of people: Crowds are seen on The Mall with the Queen shown on a screen during the singing of the National Anthem
Regal: Original golden coronation carriage with hologram of the Queen is seen during the Platinum Pageant
Looking back: Morris Minor cars are seen during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant as a look back at British motoring history
Prior to that, the monarch appeared in the form of a hologram during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
A 3-D image of the Queen – who has struggled with her mobility over recent months – waved at the crowds from the Gold State Coach during the London street pageant.
The coach, which was flanked by guardsmen on horseback, featured archival footage of the monarch, and the special effects made it appear as though the Queen was riding through the streets of the UK capital.
All stars: AJ Odudu, Holly Willoughby, Rylan Clark-Neal and Nicole Scherzinger take part during the pageant
Stylish: Adam Lambart, 40, showed off his sensational sense of style in a sweeping black jacket embellished with gold stitching as he took to the stage with Queen on Saturday night
Legends: During their opening number, Brian May rocked the guitar solo while Roger Taylor put on an incredible show behind the drums
The carriage led the spectacular parade, which featured around 10,000 people, including 6,000 performers.
Other members of the royal family – including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – all enjoyed the festivities from the royal box.
A host of big-name stars also featured as part of the event, including the likes of Sir Cliff Richard, Naomi Campbell, Dame Joan Collins, and Kate Moss – who was onboard a 90s-themed bus – as well as classic James Bond cars and Daleks from ‘Doctor Who’.
What’s more, the parade included a Bollywood-inspired segment that celebrated the British south-Asian experience, as well as the special performance from pop star Ed Sheeran.
Nostalgia: Naomi Campbell was seen atop the 90s bus at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Parade in London