Rod Stewart is ‘so proud to be British’ as he shares clip of hyped crowd

Sir Rod Stewart had said he was uncomfortable with the idea of singing Neil Diamond’s hit song Sweet Caroline as it wasn’t one of his tracks

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Party at the Palace: Prince William and George sing ‘Sweet Caroline’

Sir Rod Stewart said he is ‘so proud to be British’ as he shared a video clip of the hyped crowd at the Jubilee Concert on Saturday.

The singer, 77, performed on stage at the Party at the Palace concert for the Platinum Jubilee along with other iconic performers such as Duran Duran and Diana Ross.

Rod took to Instagram to share a video of the packed crowd waving the Union Jack while singing along to his performance of Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

The 22,000-strong crowd were all smiles as they jumped up and down to the iconic song from 1969.

“So proud to be British,” Sir Rod captioned the post and added a picture of Queen Elizabeth II to it.

“Good times,” he added a gif to another video of his performance.

Rod performed Sweet Caroline



He revealed BBC ‘made’ him sing it



Sir Rod previously explained that he was ‘uncomfortable’ singing Sweet Caroline during his set but the BBC ‘made him’ do it.

He shared his discomfort with the crowd and asked them to join in on the singing so that he would feel more at ease performing it.

Sir Rod had said: “It wasn’t my choice, but you know,’ with a reporter asking him: “But it’s a great song, isn’t it?”

To which the singer replied: “Yeah, but it’s not one of mine.”

The gig took place at Buckingham Palace in London over the weekend on a specially constructed 360-degree stage.

The star performed at the Jubilee Concert on Saturday


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Most fans were overjoyed to see Rod performing some of his biggest hits – as well as UK anthem Sweet Caroline, as Prince George and Prince William sang along and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall waved their flags.

However, some viewers at home criticised his performance on social media.

“Rod Stewart cringeworthy #platinumpartyatthepalace,” one fan wrote, as a second added: “God sake, someone please make Rod Stewart stop!!!! #PlatinumPartyatthePalace.”

A third shared: “Time to hang up the microphone Rod #PlatinumPartyatthePalace,” whilst others were much more positive about his performance, with a fourth writing: “Well done Rod Stewart. Feel good sing-a-long! #SweetCaroline #PlatinumPartyatthePalace.”

“Can’t beat a bit of Rod Stewart. #PlatinumPartyatthePalace,” a fifth penned.

Speaking of the Queen before his performance, Sir Rod explained how she is ‘like a sister’ to him.

“She [Her Majesty] has been so much a part of my life she’s almost like a sister, she has always been in the background,” he said.

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