Elton and many more of the greatest in British music are to play a concert for Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee - 60 years on the throne - this summer.
The concert will take place on June 4, 2012 and, as well as Sir Elton John, will feature performances by Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Brit-nominated Ed Sheeran, JLS, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox and Madness, with further acts yet to be announced.
The event, which is a joint venture between the BBC and Take That's Gary Barlow, will be set against the spectacular backdrop of Buckingham Palace. Gary Barlow said, "The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of The Queen's reign with an amazing line-up of world-class artists coming together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years."
Architect Mark Fisher, who designed Elton's Million Dollar Piano show, has designed the stage, which will be positioned near the Queen Victoria Memorial.
A national ballot will distribute free tickets to 10,000 people. Members of the public can also apply by post anytime between 7 February and 2 March. Tickets will be allocated randomly and not on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders will also be able to attend a special Jubilee picnic, which will take place in the Buckingham Palace Garden.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world. US viewers will be able to watch highlights on ABC the following day.