This is the reason why the Sweet Caroline song was chosen for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Rod Stewart sang the song on for millions during the party at the Palace concert

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The Sweet Caroline song, which was originally written and performed by Neil Diamond, was sung by Rod Stewart over the bank holiday to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Millions of us celebrated The Queen's Platinum Jubilee over the weekend, with street parties, BBQ's and watching the Platinum Party at the Palace - which took place just outside the Queen's home of Buckingham Palace.

Performances of the night included an amazing set from Alicia Keys, who sang Girls on Fire and dedicated it to the Queen, while Adam Lambert joined Queen to sing some of their greatest hits. However, some royal fans wondered why Rod Stewart was asked to sing Sweet Caroline - which was originally performed by Neil Diamond.

Rod Stewart revealed on the night that the BBC made him sing the song, saying just before he sang it, "This is a fun one for me to sing, the BBC made me sing it. Join in, make it comfortable for me."

Fans at the Platinum Jubilee concert sang and danced away to the 1969 song, including two royal fans, who were delighted with his rendition - Prince William and his son Prince George. The royals were seen waving Union Jack flags and singing along to the words of the song.

However, some fans were confused why the iconic singer was asked to sing a song which wasn't his - especially when that is so well known as the Euro 2020 song. According to the BBC, it was all down to a public vote. Last month Radio 2 listeners were asked to vote on an official Jubilee song.  

The iconic song, which was released in 1971 in the UK went to number 8 in the charts and sold 1.2 million copies.

Paul McCartney’s song We All Stand Together and Queen’s We Are The Champions were also in the running, but Neil Diamond's song Sweet Caroline was voted the favourite song as it 'encourages people to come together.'

Zoe Ball, who presents the Radio 2 breakfast show, said that listeners chose it as due its has a uplifting and happy melody.

"We’re hoping also that loads of grassroots music groups and choirs and school bands and brass bands will learn the song and perform it too. We really want to encourage the country to all come together.”

Sarah Finley

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