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Manhunt For Luka Rocco Magnotta Ends At Berlin Internet Cafe; Prince Philip Hospitalized For Bladder Infection Ahead Of Jubilee Concert; Tiger Woods Ties Jack Nicholas With 73 Titles
Aired June 4, 2012 - 16:00 ET
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BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: Well, tonight on Connect the World the show must go on: as thousands line the mall outside Buckingham Palace for a star-studded concert news that one of the most important guests won't be there. Instead, Prince Philip will spend the night in a hospital.
ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN London, this is connect the world with Becky Anderson.
ANDERSON: He's been there throughout her 60 years on the throne, but now the queen will have to celebrate the rest of her diamond jubilee without her husband at her side.
Also tonight, an international manhunt comes to an end after a Canadian is arrested over a gruesome murder.
And after his second win of the season, is Tiger Woods back to his best?
Well, a very important guest will no longer be taking part in the queen's diamond jubilee celebrations. Prince Philip is tonight in a London hospital suffering from a bladder infection. We've got a team of correspondents on the story for you tonight. Dan Rivers has the latest on the Duke's health. Atika Schubert is getting reaction from the spectators in London's famous Trafalgar Square. And with me in the studio, India Hicks whose mother is Prince Philip's first cousin, and real royal family insider.
First, let's get to you Dan. Outside the Kind Edward VII hospital in London, what do we know of Prince Philip's health at this point?
DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, there's been no more statements issued since the one that was put out by the queen's press secretary this afternoon at 5:00 local time, four hours ago. Basically very briefly saying that after developing a bladder infection he's been brought here to the King Edward VII hospital where he is being treated. They say he'll remain here under observation for a few days.
And let me just finish this by saying he is understandably disappointed by missing this evening's diamond jubilee concert and tomorrow's engagement.
This is the hospital that many members of the royal family have visited and been treated at before for different ailments. Prince Philip himself has been treated here before, for a sporting injuries, for example, in the past. Obviously it's a concern. Normally this is a fairly minor problem which would normally be treated by a course of antibiotics, but because perhaps he is going to be 91 next week, their not taking any chances any kind of illness in someone of that age is obviously a cause for concern. So they're going to keep him in for observations.
But it seems like this should be hopefully a fairly routine course of antibiotics for him. He should be on the mend. It's just the timing, obviously, is so bad. Similarly he missed Christmas just gone with his heart complaint, which was more serious and required surgery and a stent being put int. Everyone is hoping, obviously, he'll make a quick recovery and be able to resume what is left of the jubilee celebrations this year.
The latest on the Duke of Edinburgh's health with Dan Rivers outside the hospital where he is this evening. This, of course, as Dan said is the second health scare in six months for Prince Philip. In December, he spent four nights, including Christmas in a Cambridge hospital where he had surgery for a blocked coronary artery.
And perhaps another sign of his age and health, Prince Philip announced he would be cutting back on his public schedule when he turned 90 last year. Among his other recent ailment, he was hospitalized for three days back in 2008 due to a chest infection.
Well, we don't often see the queen without her husband at her side. Many world commentators will tell you they are a real team. And spectators have flooded into London for the celebrations. And they are naturally concerned.
Atika Schubert is with the crowd just out from the jubilee concert in London's Trafalgar Square. And I know you've been speaking to people who are out and about in London tonight. What are they saying Atika?
ATIKA SCHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: Well, understandably, people are disappointed to hear that, but the celebrations are continuing. And, you know, they're looking forward to the concert. And of course the beacon -- national beacon lighting that will be happening after the concert. But here's what a few people had to say about the fact that the Duke of Edinburgh had to take an out.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hope he's all right. And he gets better soon.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know it's going to be a gloom, because they've always been -- they planned this together. So, yeah. I'm really sad. I didn't hear, when did it happen?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some time this afternoon. It will be a little bit odd to see the queen there without the Duke won't it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was weird, very odd. And I hope she won't feel lonely. She will take courage from the crowd that are here today. Lots of charities are here today to either support her. You know, she'll be happy about that.
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SCHUBERT: Interesting a lot of people are showing their sympathy for the fact that the royal family was out in the freezing rain for hours yesterday with that Thames -- at the Thames boat pageant. So a lot of people saying, you know, maybe it's just as well that he stays inside and gets better today for the rest of the festivities.
ANDERSON: You're -- you're right, Atika. Thank you for that Atika Schubert for you at the iconic Trafalgar Square in central London.
India Hicks is with me in the studio. Her mom is Prince Philip's first cousin. And you spend a lot of time, of course, with members of the royal family.
How will Prince Philip be feeling tonight aside from the fact he's not very well, how will he be feeling about not being around?
INDIA HICKS, MOTHER IS PRINCE PHILIP'S COUSIN: Disappointed. I mean, the biggest success of Prince Philip's life is that he has been the queen's complete and utter support. They are a complete team. My grandfather was very close to him, had a very heavy hand in his upbringing. His own father had died at a very young age and his mother suffered greatly from ill health. And he was sent to Gordonston, a school that his brother's had been sent to and I followed, also to Gordonston. But he gave up his naval career for the queen.
And I think what's extraordinary is that unlike other royal marriages, the queen and Prince Philip married for love. They fell in love from the moment they saw each other. And so it really is an enormous disappointment that he won't be there with her tonight. And I think she will be missing him greatly.
ANDERSON: He was, though, there yesterday. You were part of our commentating team yesterday on what was a most spectacular river pageant. It was cold as our reporters have been saying. And you know it's not easy for the best of us who are in the rudest (ph) of health as it were to cope with those conditions. But he would have been pleased, won't he, that he was there for what was...
HICKS: I think that would have been the most important day for him. I think out of all of the events that would have been the most interesting for him. For goodness sakes he was in the navy, there's nothing more dear to the heart than being on the water.
But to think that he's going to be 91 next Sunday and to think that he stood for eight hours. They didn't sit in those thrones once, they stood. And it's extraordinary to think that that couple endured the rain. I mean, one of your anchor women had to be removed to hospital and have an IV put in. The weather was so shocking. Obviously there was a little mixture of oysters in that. But it really was a terrible, terrible day of weather.
ANDERSON: But more than that, she -- she'll back with us tomorrow. Of course, we with her the best of health as well.
All right. Stay with me, because we're going to to a little bit more on the jubilee a little later in the show, because there are lots and lots of things going on both tonight and tomorrow. We're going to take a very short break.
To all of you, thank you. Atika Schubert is in Trafalgar Square and Dan Rivers there outside the hospital where Prince Philip is spending the evening.
Well, the show most go on, since Philip I'm sure as we've suggested would want that for his wife. The millions around the world who are celebrating the queen's diamond jubilee, coming up later in the show hear from some of the royal fans who dressed up and are planning to sit up all night to take part in the Tuesday's celebrations.
And still to come tonight, the worst air disaster to hit Nigeria in 20 years. All 153 passengers on board were killed as the plane came crashing down. We'll get the very latest for you from Lagos.
And a week on the run, after a gruesome murder is uncovered in Montreal, the Canadian murder suspect is arrested in Berlin.
That and more coming up.
ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World here on CNN. I'm Becky Anderson. It's 12 minutes past 9:00 in London. Welcome back now.
A Syrian opposition group says recent fighting is taking a huge toll on government forces. It says about 100 soldiers were killed in the past three days. Well, the rebel Free Syrian Army called off its commitment to a peace deal on Friday saying the government had refused to honor it.
Also today new video a the UN team sitting down with Syrian rebels in the city of al-Kasaif (ph). It's extremely rare to see this kind of footage. Rebels describing recent government attacks. And we're told that shelling resumed outside the city right after the UN is seen headed back to Damascus.
Well, western powers believe that Russia may offer the best, maybe the only hope, for convincing the Syrian regime to lay down its arms. The crisis dominating talks at a summit today between European Union and Russian officials in St. Petersburg.
Phil Black for the very latest. He's following developments for you from Moscow -- Phil.
PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Becky.
Yes, EU and Russian officials get together twice a year to talk about trade and economic cooperate, the rules and regulations with govern the relationship, but also the big international issues of the day. So today they could not escape Syria. And so just a couple of days after the French and German leaders challenged Vladimir Putin's policy on Syria and failed to convince him to change it. It failed to the most senior officials from the European Union in Brussels. The results was, well, no different.
Vladimir Putin didn't even comment on Syria at a press conference following their meeting, but the president of the European Council did. This is what he said.
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HERMAN VAN ROMPUY, EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT: On Syria, let me first say that situation is appalling. The Syrian regime should immediately cease all forms of violence and provide its full support to the UN supervision mission. European Union and Russia might have some divergent assessments, but we fully agree that Annan plan as a whole provides the best opportunity to break the cycle of violence in Syria, avoiding a civil war and in finding a peaceful lasting solution.
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BLACK: So, Becky, in other words, the stalemate continues. And when they talk about divergent assessment, that means that Russia is still not prepared to criticize, blame, or pressure Assad from power, because Russia says it believes to do so will increase the likelihood of chaos, violence, and civil war. Whereas Europe, the broader international community are very firmly of the belief that Russia's failure, or insistence that is will not do so is only making that worst-case scenario far more likely, Becky.
ANDERSON: This is a consistent position from the Russians. They said for some time now that the Annan plan is the only way forward. The Annan plan not asking for the regime, of course, to stand down which may be one of the reasons that the Russians are behind it.
Is the Russian's position reflected by the man on the street? Is this common, or criticism at all that we're hearing from Russians -- is the Russian administration pretty much bang on?
BLACK: Well, consistent is certainly the word. And Russia has consistently voiced this view. And it has consistently been probably quite popular here, I think domestically, among the core number of Russians who still consider the west, and in particular the United States, with a degree of suspicion, particularly when it comes to the west infringing on an area or a territory that is traditionally -- traditionally falls under Russian responsibility, or Russian influence as it does here with Syria.
So a lot has been said during the recent presidential election campaign, but the anti-American, anti-western rhetoric was quite intense, particularly on the issue of Syria. That has subsided to a degree. But I think that degree of suspicion still holds very true with a great many number of Russians. It's certainly reflected in the media reporting here. And it's certainly reflected in some of the comments that Vladimir Putin continues to make -- Becky.
ANDERSON: All right. Phil, thank you for that. And I just want remind you that the numbers you're seeing on the right-hand side of your screen as we cover events taking place in Syria is a death count number. The numbers we are reporting come from opposition groups, CNN unable to confirm the exact numbers because of severe restrictions. You may be well aware of that on reporting in from the country.
Well, a look now at some of the other stories that are connecting our world tonight. And German police have arrested the Canadian man suspected of killing a Chinese student and then fleeing to Europe. Luka Rocco Magnotta is suspected of murdering Jun Lin dismembering -- sorry, dismembering his body and posting parts of it to political parties in Canada.
Diana Magnay joins me now from CNN Berlin with the very latest on that -- Di.
DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: Hi, Becky. Yes, he was caught just before noon when he went into an internet cafe, asked to use the internet there and the employee who he spoke to recognized him and alerted the police. But the whole process actually took about an hour, he said, because the employee who recognized him said that he was scared to actually call the police. He preferred to flag a police car down on the street. And he eventually did.
The police came in, spoke to Magnotta who had been surfing the internet reading his own stories, the cafe employee told me. And when they confronted him, he apparently gave a false name and when he was pressed the police said that finally when he realized the game was up he said, OK you've got me in English.
He's now in police custody. The process of extradition will begin. Berlin police now discussing with Interpol and together with the Canadian authorities the extradition process. They said that it would take about a week.
So this huge international manhunt that Interpol launched for this man, this suspected killer convicted of this awful crime and who then apparently posted a video of this crime online of the actual killing and the dismemberment now being caught here in Berlin, Becky.
ANDERSON: Remarkable stuff. So Diana Magnay in Berlin for you on that story.
And Libyan authorities now say that they are in, and I quote, "full control of the international airport in Tripoli" after a dramatic incident earlier today. A militia of former rebels seized the runway surrounding planes and grounding all the flights. They were apparently the release of a detained militia commander. Well, the government sent thousands of security forces to regain control. 30 militiamen were arrested.
Well a choppy session of U.S. stock markets, worries about a global growth slowdown and uncertainty surrounding Europe's debt crisis keeping investors on edge once again. At the close (inaudible) for the Dow dipping slightly. You can see the numbers there, off about an eighth of one percent at the close. Those numbers settling out still above that key 12,000 level, but only just.
The numbers in Europe, well they were a mixed bag, really. The DAX down 1.19 percent, about one-and-a-fifth percent. Some concerns growing there about a slowdown in exports, less growth. Paris, though, up about an eighth of one percent. And the Spanish IBEX maybe just buying on what they believe now are cheap stocks are up there nearly 3 percent at 6,239.
Well, the U.S. has urged China to release prisoners arrested after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Well, China has expressed strong dissatisfaction at the comments and accused the U.S. of interference. And people across the world have been marking the 23 years since soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters who were gathered in the square. Chinese figures put the death toll at 241, but human rights groups say thousands died.
We are going to take a very short break here on CNN. When we come back, the French Open is guaranteed to see a new women's champion. We'll explain why after this.
ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World live from London. Welcome back. I'm Becky Anderson for you.
Now, a defending champion Li Na was the only former women's winner to survive the first week at the French Open, but title defense hit a roadblock on Monday in the form of the 142nd ranked player in the world. Let's bring Don Riddell from CNN Center from the latest from Paris.
And so it continues. What a tournament this has been to date. Full of surprises.
DON RIDDELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, it's hard to know what actually constitutes a surprise anymore, Becky. I mean, it's becoming a gambler's nightmare trying to pick a women's champion at the French Open. For the fifth consecutive year we're going to have a new female French Open champion. It might be Maria Sharapova the way things are going.
But let's talk about Li Na, because she had an absolute nightmare today. She won the first set, but completely fell apart after that. And as you say it was against a woman ranked 142nd in the world. Yaroslava Shvedova. Shvedova, she is known more as a doubles player. She did actually reach the later stages of this tournament last year or the year before. But this still was a huge upset. Li Na was all over the place in the last two sets. She was very emotional and upset at the end. And it's just becoming harder and to pick a winner here.
ANDERSON: Yeah, absolutely. It often takes scalps, doesn't it, the French Open. There perhaps moreso than other tournaments. Or am I just imagining that. It's certainly been a great tournament to date.
RIDDELL: Well, you're absolutely right. And of course it's a very different service to grass or hard courts. It's a completely different kind of surface to play on. And of course the one man that knows exactly how to play it is Rafa Nadal. He advanced today in his match against Juan Monaco, Becky. He only dropped two games in this. He's bidding to become the first man to win seven titles at Roland Garos. He's only dropped 19 games in his first four matches here. He is looking red hot once again. They don't call him the king of clay for nothing.
ANDERSON: Absolutely right.
There's another professional sportsman who is having a pretty good play of it, as it were, at the moment. The second major of the men's golf year rapidly approaching. And I'm guessing that after this weekend, Tiger Woods figures he has a chance, right?
RIDDELL: Well, he'll certainly think that. Of course, he's fooled us all earlier this year. Remember when he won Arnold Palmer's tournament and everyone said oh my god he's a favorite for the Masters and then he had one of his worst times at Augusta ever.
But Tiger Woods is definitely very much back on form. He won his fifth Memorial Tournament on Sunday thanks in large part to this absolutely incredible birdie at the 16th. Just look at that. Inch perfect. Becky, you play golf, you know what a nightmare shot that is, a thwap shot out of some very thick rough, the water right behind the hole, that could have gone wrong in so many ways, but Tiger absolutely nailed it.
He did it at Jack Nicholas' tournament. Jack was there to see it. It now ties him with Jack on 73 PGA title wins. Jack was there to see it at the end. And Tiger definitely knows he's winning again at the right time.
ANDERSON: Yeah, listen, I know how...
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TIGER WOODS, GOLFER: It's special for me to do it, you know, with Jack here with his involvement in the tournament and the game. It just makes it that much more special. You know, I found what I wanted somewhere else, it would have been I tied Jack, but actually to do it here and to have him here actually, you know, right next to me right now, all that -- that means something to us as players. And it's awfully special for me to be here with him right now.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Nicholas.
JACK NICHOLAS, GOLF LEGEND: You had to rub it in my face, right?
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ANDERSON: I can't get over watching that shot, Don. And I know what it feels like to play golf and to be in the rough. I will know what it feels like to hit a shot like that, I know.
You might, but I wouldn't.
RIDDELL: It's safe to say that shot really is reminiscent of the 2006 Masters where he had that birdie that just became iconic partly because the camera was zoomed in on that Nike swish and it paused just long enough before it dropped into the cup. It was almost as if that had been shot in a commercial.
But that was very, very similar to that shot. And the way Tiger celebrated was very, very similar. He will certainly believe he is in with the chance of the U.S. Open next week. Remember, he hasn't won a major since, what, 2008, Torrey Pines? I think he's going to be (inaudible) this time.
ANDERSON: Yeah, so do I.
All right, mate, thanks for that.
World Sport in an hours time with Don. Stick around for that here on CNN -- CN8.
Still to come on Connect the world here on CNN, the race remains -- the crash remains are still smoldering. No one survived. The question everyone is asking, why did the Dana Airline go down in a suburb of Lagos.
Well, South Africa lights one of the queen's diamond jubilee beacons. More across the British aisles will be lit in around 30 minutes time. Plenty more on those festivities are coming up.
And the London cab driver who is determined to join in the jubilee celebration even when he is at work.
ANDERSON: A very warm welcome to our viewers across Europe and around the world. I'm Becky Anderson, these are the latest world news headlines.
Prince Phillip will no longer be taking part in the Queen's celebration, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Tonight he's in a London hospital with a bladder infection. According to Buckingham Palace, he'll stay there under observation for a few days.
The European union is trying to convince Moscow to take a tougher stand on Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted a summit with EU leaders today in St. Petersburg. The EU president says one thing they all agree on is that Kofi Annan's peace plan is the best way forward.
An international man hunt has ended in Germany. Canadian authorities have confirmed that Luka Magnotta was arrested at a Berlin Internet cafe. Montreal police say Magnotta killed and dismembered Chinese university students and then mailed the body parts to politicians.
Three days of mourning begin in Nigeria after a passenger jet crashed in a Lagos suburb yesterday, killing all 153 people on board and at least 10 on the ground. The cause of the crash remains unclear, but reports of engine failure are emerging. Crews are still working to recover the bodies. Those are your headlines this afternoon.
Well, more now on that deadly plane crash in Nigeria. Reports are emerging that the pilot called for help after both engines failed, but then the plane disappeared off the radar before it came crashing down. CNN's Vlad Duthiers is in Lagos with the very latest on the rescue efforts there.
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: All around me, you could see just the charred remains of this aircraft. It's still smoldering, still smoking. Right there just sticking up out of the ground. is the tail of the aircraft, and right in the middle of the gnarled remains of these steel beams here is the actual fuselage of the plane.
Right up there looks to be that there are actually still some dead bodies up there the they have not been able to get to right now. They have not been able to remove them.
So let's take a walk over here, and just show us a little about -- of what you've been working on here. This is still remarkable to me that this plan crashed only about 11 miles from the runway.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
DUTHIERS: So this building -- the front of it is absolutely destroyed. Demolished. I mean, I think that there are some bodies even on that second floor there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, there is.
DUTHIERS: But still, remarkably, there are some people that survived here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, there were some people that survived, yes. And I was telling you about the case of a gentleman who lives in the flat directly where the crash happened.
DUTHIERS: Right there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
DUTHIERS: Right there, underneath this --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Underneath that but I think he was at the back. Underneath where the rubble is at now, that's where his flat is.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And he told me he survived with his two siblings.
DUTHIERS: And he was in there?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was there, the siblings were there. It's a miracle. We have to stop the operations going through the night because the fire came back, and it was burning so widely that we had to get -- what we did from like 2:00 in the morning to 6:00 in in the morning was putting out the fire.
And that is why we are able to do some work now. The firefighters are busy. But they are limited -- the have limited capabilities. They have been able to work very well throughout the night. I must commend them.
It's unfortunate, but they just gotta stick to it, and we will continue to get you the (inaudible).
DUTHIERS: Thank you, sir.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you very much.
DUTHIERS: Thank you very much.
ANDERSON: Well, Nigeria has a history of deadly air crashes. In fact, this is the fifth major disaster in the past decade, obviously it includes 2006 October, when an ADC airliner crashed after takeoff from Abuja, killing 96 people. December 2005, a Nigerian SOS (inaudible) Airlines DC9 crashed while trying to land in Port Harcourt, killing 106 people.
Many of those victims that you may remember were school kids on their way home for Christmas. October 2005, same year, a Nigeria Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 crashed just after takeoff from Lagos, 111 passengers, all of them and six crew were killed.
Let's speak to Mary Schiavo, the former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transport. Aviation accidents, Mary, sadly, happening far more frequently than we wish, many of them, of course, blamed on bad weather. It's easy to put that down for cause, and we should point out, it's not all over Africa. Some countries do have pretty good aviation records, South Africa being one of them.
Let's start with that bad weather, so often the cause. Should it be?
MARY SCHIAVO, FORMER U.S. TRANSPORTATION INSPECTOR GENERAL: Well, no, the bad weather often contributes, but what happens in any plane crash is there's usually several things going wrong. Bad weather is often problematic, where the airports are not equipped to handle or where the pilots haven't been trained to handle particularly bad weather.
And those are the bad combinations. There was a similar plane that crashed in the United States -- bad weather, tired pilots, those kinds of things, and the airport did not have the latest equipment. So those are the things that you look for when you have an accident in bad weather.
All right. That being one of our views we'll be watching tonight, and thinking to themselves, I travel across South Africa a lot. Should I be very, very concerned? Are there parts of the Conga and all parts of the world where we should be more concerned than others at this point?
SCHIAVO: Yes, there are two red flags when you're selecting a carrier. One is, you want your carrier from a country that has a robust inspection team. You need a government agency that inspects the airlines and makes sure you have good maintenance, good pilots, good parts.
And you also -- the problems are when the planes are old. This particular aircraft came from a U.S. carrier, which had jettisoned it called Alaska Airlines, and it had been criticized by the U.S. government for its maintenance, and I had worked on a previous crash of that airline - - the same kind of plane -- where the maintenance even for a major U.S. carrier was sub-standard.
And when you get a plane without good maintenance, you're going to have problems. Here, they reported engine problems.
ANDERSON: All right. We're going to have to leave it there. We thank you very much, though, indeed for joining us, and words of wisdom there from your aviation expert. Mary, thank you.
Coming up on Connect World crowds line London streets for the queen's Diamond Jubilee star studded concert just ahead. Royal revelry in fine form. The fans who rocked up for a bit of a party.
ANDERSON: Plums with hampers, the very special picnic for thousands of people in the grounds of Buckingham Palace earlier today. The queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations continue across the country and around the world, the menu created by a famous chef, including smoked salmon from Scotland and strawberries from the queen (inaudible) estate.
All right now, a star-studded lineup of performers entertaining a very lucky crowd outside of Buckingham Palace itself with thousands lining the famous mall to watch on big screens, Richard Quest is in London's Trafalgar Square.
I think you can hear the concert, which is in full swing. I know you can't see it, Richard, but it's been another tremendous day. People are really enjoying themselves.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Oh, I took this opportunity, Becky, having just finished "QUEST MEANS BUSINESS," I wasn't going to waste time hanging around. I was able to get to the mall, which is just over there, and walk down not very far.
It is jam-packed with people: families, people of all ages. There are big screens, right the way along the mall for them to see this concert, but what an atmosphere. The policemen are dancing in the street, the stewards are dancing, everybody's dancing. I even did a little jig myself.
The truth is, this is an extraordinary night. The rain has kept off, Becky, and considering the way in which the day has gone, the concert's going well, marred maybe ever so slightly tonight by the news of Prince Phillip, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yes, and sad news. He's hospitalized perhaps for the next few days. We've been talking about that tonight and how he will have very much enjoyed the river pageant yesterday, and perhaps if he was going to make it out any night, perhaps it would be this one, down at the concert.
We've had this tea party going on this afternoon in Buckingham Palace gardens as well.
QUEST: Yes, so what happened with the tea party is those people who were invited to the concert went to the tea party and had afternoon tea. They then took their places in the stands for the concert. Many, many, many times over subscribe, 12,000 people there, but it was done by ballot. It was done fairly. You applied, and you got your ration tickets if you were lucky.
The way they've done it -- it's interesting, one little tidbit for you, Becky -- the queen -- 10 years ago, they had the concert in the Palace at the back in the gardens. And you'll note this time, they've got more people at the front.
The queen is believed to have said back then 10 years ago, I'm not having all that again in my garden.
ANDERSON: Well, the show will end, of course, tonight, Richard, that being the concert with thousands of beacons being lit at 10 p.m. local time across the country in the commonwealth to celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign. Stick with me, my love, for one moment.
So for us here in the U.K., that is around 15 minutes time, but of course, New Zealand is one of the first to light up. People here celebrating in the town of Blenheim.
Yes, and in Australia, Prime Minister Julia Gillard lit a beacon at parliament, her house in Cambra. And the queen will light the British national beacon in around 45 minutes time.
And the celebrations continue. A national service of thanksgiving, takes place at St. Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday, then another chance to see (inaudible) pageantry at its finest, the carriage procession -- as long as the weather holds out -- from Westminster to Buckingham Palace. (Inaudible), these are pictures from Friday's dress rehearsal, and to give you an idea of the path, check this out:
Thousands of stages will line what is an historic route, which passes famous landmarks, such as Big Ben, Horse guards, Trafalgar Square where Richard is tonight. The royal family will then make an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Well, before we get back to Richard's die-hard royal revelers out there, who arrived early to bag their spot for Tuesday's festivities, let me tell you, some have gone all out to pay tribute to her majesty.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- fantastic opportunity to thank the queen for 60 years of service she's given to the country, so, yeah, why not dress in the Union Jack from head to toe, really, so let's hope the weather stays fine really.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And who are you looking forward to seeing most this evening?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm quite looking forward to seeing (inaudible), actually, I can't wait. Yeah, all of them, really. It's lovely to just be here and soak up the atmosphere.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And tomorrow's the official procession, the big, you know, appearance on the balcony. Are you guys going to be here for that as well?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, we're going to camp out here this evening and watch the procession tomorrow. I was here for the Silver Jubilee and the Golden Jubilee, so I've seen both celebrations, so tomorrow will be special because, you know, the queen's only just three years away from being the longest reign on it. So that will be quite an opportunity, so.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you're going to be camping. Do you guys have a tent, sleeping bag, you're all prepared?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sleeping bags. We've got sleeping bags, we've got chairs. I don't know if we'll get much sleep. It's just the whole atmosphere that feels good, and --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And your outfit, it may be good for the day, but not sure how you're going to last overnight.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've got some trousers to put on later on if it gets chilly, but, yeah, hopefully for the concert I'll be able to stay like this.
ANDERSON: Whether it gets chilly or not, let's get him a pair of trousers. (Inaudible), one of the die-hard revelers is sticking it out as well, camping there with the rest of them, looking forward to tomorrow's celebrations.
What are you looking forward to most Tuesday, Richard?
QUEST: The carriage procession. There is absolutely nobody else that does it quite like the royal family and the British military. When they come out from Whitehall, come up around and down the mall, hundred or so members of the household cavalry, the (inaudible), the blues and royals, the bands playing -- I promise you, it'll be sad that Phillip will not be sitting in the carriage next to the queen.
It'll be interesting to see if she does have anybody else with her or if she rides alone. Possibly, I think she will have somebody. That is what I want to see. That is the moment when you just know that this is what they do best.
ANDERSON: Richard Quest. Trafalgar Square for you this evening, and we will be back with you for special coverage of what will be the last ever Diamond Jubilee, celebrating weekend -- holiday weekend. Tomorrow, (Rich and I) with you for most of the day, in fact, you're watching Connect World live in London tonight when we come back.
ANDERSON: Well, Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Celebration's kicked off over the weekend Sunday, some of the largest flotilla of boats to sail on the River Thames for more than 350 years.
The boats range from rowing boats powered by Olympic athletes to converted barges carrying the royal family and even a philharmonic orchestra while over a million people lined the riverbanks to watch the pageant march a bit in the rain.
I have to say, the poor weather may have soaked the crowd, but the show most certainly went on.
Early up, we spoke to a couple of those rather soggy looking singers who said they were so involved in the moment, they didn't even realize how wet and windy it was until they saw themselves on television.
JOSEPHINE GODDARD, ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC CHAMBER CHOIR MEMBER: Thank goodness we put our hair back from our faces. We wouldn't have been able to see anything.
ANDERSON: What was it like for you to do that?
GODDARD: It was incredible. I mean, the atmosphere was just so infectious, and when we finally came through past London (inaudible) and we saw the crowds of people, you felt sort of less guilty for the fact that they've been standing there for so long, and although you were soaking wet, you knew you had your job to do and you had to sing because these people have been waiting to see you, so it was incredible.
ANDERSON: I can't believe that they had no idea quite how wet they were. I'm being joined now by India Hicks who's with us as part of CNN's team watching the festivities yesterday. I mean, it really, really was wet, and they really looked pretty soggy.
But as they said, you know, the show went on, and they enjoyed it.
INDIA HICKS, ROYAL FAMILY FRIEND: Yeah. True professionals. And the queen -- did she flinch? No. In fact, actually, I was reading my mother's memoirs from that commonwealth tour where she was a lady in waiting to the queen, and there was one moment where there was a wardrobe malfunction, and the queen's raincoat had been already packed and being shipped on to Mombasa when they were traveling from one country to the next.
And the queen said, the show must go on, and walked out in her cotton dress into the pouring rain and stood there. And my mother felt as a lady in waiting that she had to do the same, so she took off her raincoat and stood in her dress, too.
ANDERSON: Your mother, of course, your mother was with Queen Elizabeth when she was just a princess, and they were at Treetop in Kenya, and she learned of her father's death.
HICKS: Absolutely. And I think tonight, we're going to see one of those beacons that are being lit up around the commonwealth country as being lit at Treetop in memory of that occasion. I mean, my mother describes it as a very extraordinary moment, certainly, with her relationship where she was there as lady awaited to princess Elizabeth.
They go up the tree, and the news arrives that her beloved father, the king, had died. And the prince, the duke (inaudible) Prince Phillip had to take the queen aside and say that her father had died, and they came down the tree, and she was the queen, and my mother had to do a deep curtsey, and their relationship changed.
And when afterwards, Prince Phillip was asked, how did the queen take the news? He said, bravely, like a queen.
ANDERSON: As you speak, we've been listening to some music there. Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber have co-produced a song for the concert tonight, which is ongoing as we speak. It's called "Sing." And Gary Barlow went around the world, around the commonwealth country getting inspiration for this. This stop is in Kenya. Just have a listen to this.
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ANDERSON: And we're told, I was told by Andrew Lloyd Webber when I was talking to him last week, that the queen really enjoyed this, and one of the reasons was that Gary had spent so long going to so many of the countries that she is monarch of, and she loved that idea.
HICKS: Of course, because to her, it's not just England. Her responsibility is for so much wider than just England, and that's a very important role to maintain. And she's very loved. And there must never be a feeling that those countries have ever been forgotten in any way.
I mean, obviously, right here and now, the center is London, and we're all focused on that, but the commonwealth countries are very important. I was with Harry when he was doing his commonwealth tour on behalf of his grandmother, and the extraordinary response to people was overwhelming really.
I mean, the thrill and the excitement of her grandson being there representing her was extraordinary.
ANDERSON: We're told they call her granny, and they treat her like granny. Do they?
HICKS: I would imagine so. I know only from my own personal connection, and through my mother, that, yes, that she is granny, but there is also that sovereign aura around her, and I don't think even if she's your granny, that's (inaudible).
ANDERSON: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities set to continue tonight with thousands of beacons being lit in the U.K. after a concert, of course, at Buckingham Palace, which is ongoing.
All the time being for that, the queen, of course, will light the final beacon from the concert stage this evening where the stars have been performing. That at half past 10 local time, which is about 37 minutes from now.
More than 4,000 of those beacons have been lit across the commonwealth -- Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, opening the lighting up affair as it were. Across the U.K. on landmarks, and the hills, including some of the largest and highest peaks in Scotland and Whales.
And tomorrow, join us as these celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee continue on CNN. We'll take you live along the streets of London to the queen's carriage procession. And I'll be at Buckingham Palace for all the excitement that (inaudible), tomorrow, Tuesday, right here on CNN. And tonight's parting shots.
We are sticking to the Jubilee. It's a national holiday here in Britain, but some people obviously are still at work, and one London cabby is making the most of it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My name is Colin Sinclair (ph), I'm 58, and I'm a London cabby. I'm very patriotic, and I was saying to my wife that I've got to work the British weekend that we're going to see before the Olympics. And I'm really upset.
Anyway, I phoned up (inaudible) taxi, they called me to the office, and they said, Colin, would you like to bring the party to London? I said, well, what do you mean? They said, well, would you like to have a party in the back of your cab?
There's so much doom and gloom going on, I just want to see a few smiles on people's faces. Forget the doom and gloom. It's -- you know, we're British. Let's have a good time.
Please help yourself. Help yourself. It these little things that I think people like. The cakes and the sausage rolls. It's (inaudible), and my (inaudible) passenger is the queen. I would love to see her face in the back of the cab. I'd love it. Then I would say, I'm complete.
ANDERSON: Epic work using that (inaudible). I'm Becky Anderson, that was Connect World, thank you for watching. The world news headlines up after this.
ANDERSON: This is CNN, the world's news leader. The headlines this hour, Prince Phillip will no longer be taking part in this week's celebration to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Tonight, he's in a London hospital with a bladder infection. According to Buckingham Palace, he'll stay there under observation for a few days.
The European union is trying to convince Moscow to take a tougher stand on Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted a summit with EU leaders today. The EU president says one thing they all agree on is that Kofi Annan's peace plan is the best way forward.
An international man hunt has ended in Germany. Canadian authorities have confirmed that Luther Magnotta was arrested at a Berlin Internet cafe. Montreal police say Magnotta killed and dismembered Chinese university students and then mailed the body parts to politicians.
And workers in Nigeria are still working to recover victims from one of the country's worst aviation disasters. All 153 people on board the (inaudible) air, a through jet to Lagos, died in the crash. An unknown number of people on the ground were also killed. Those are the latest headlines from CNN, the world's news leader.
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