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Zoe Delaney

Coronation Concert's stand-out moments - from Tom Cruise's Top Gun cameo to dad jokes

The Coronation Concert saw stars like Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, Katy Perry and Take That perform for King Charles and his family over the weekend, with quite a few toe-curling moments thrown in for good measure.

Despite the likes of Kylie Minogue, Adele and Harry Styles reportedly turning down the chance to belt out a tune for the newly crowned King and Queen, Lionel Richie and more ensured Charles and around 20,000 members of the public still got to enjoy an evening of live music on Sunday night.

While fans of the Royal Family loved the lavish show at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Coronation, some cheeky social media users couldn't help but notice a few rather cringey comments and awkward blunders during the state-funded bash.

As many Brits prepare to enjoy a day off this Bank Holiday Monday, we take a look back at the cringiest moments from last night's Coronation Concert.

Katy Perry performing at Windsor Castle for the Coronation Concert on Sunday night (BBC)

Viewers switch off

Some Brits didn't even get the chance to see some of the awkward moments during the Coronation Concert, with hundreds unimpressed with the line-up for the event.

Before Kirsty Young even invited BBC viewers to "crack open the fizz and settle down for a night to remember", many took to Twitter to claim they wouldn’t be tuning in due to the line-up set to perform at Windsor Castle.

‌"Just like the Coronation, I will not be watching the concert. Apart from anything else, the line up is execrable, as you might expect. So, Take That! #CoronationConcert,” one non-viewed told their followers.

‌"They had to do some digging in the career graveyard for this lineup #CoronationConcert,” another added, as a third quipped: "He’s the king of england this is the best lineup he could get #CoronationConcert."

Tom Cruise's 'wingman' offer

King Charles for Top Gun 3? (BBC)

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise took to the skies for his cameo at the Coronation Coronation, with the Top Gun star sharing his message for King Charles from the cockpit of his own plane he was flying.

While speaking to camera, Tom told Charles: "Pilot to pilot, Your Majesty, you can be my wingman any time."

"Tom Cruise is trying to recruit his latest scientology member," one BBC viewer joked as the segment aired on Sunday night.

"Not tom cruise you can be my wingman anytiming King Charles. I'm weak," another added, as a third quipped: "Bit confused by the bit where Tom Cruise said it'd be ok for the King to be his wingman."

James Nesbitt's poem

Irish actor James Nesbitt's cameo at the Coronation Concert wasn't exactly cringey but it certainly left quite a few viewers feeling exceptionally awkward.

James, who hails from Antrim in Northern Ireland, spoke about all the wonders of the UK in his gushing speech - but many Irish viewers felt as though his appearance at the Coronation was a 'slap in the face' given that just weeks ago, he spoke about his hope for an United Ireland in the near future.

"Bit weird having James Nesbitt, a bloke who wants to kick the UK off the island of Ireland, participating in the #CoronationConcert," one complained.

"James Nesbitt? Why? #CoronationConcert," another echoed.

A third quipped: "Where's St Patrick when you need him to abolish James Nesbitt from Ireland."

Miss Piggy

For such a British event, much of the lineup for the Coronation Concert featured star's from overseas - with even fictional American characters enjoying a cameo on screen during the broadcast.

While King Charles III and Queen Camilla may have looked slightly baffled as Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog took to the stage during the big bash, Princess Charlotte and Prince George couldn't hide their delight.

The iconic characters from The Muppet Show joined host of the Coronation Concert, Hugh Bonneville, on stage with Miss Piggy being unable to hide her attraction for the Notting Hill actor.

As she made her moves on the English actor, the cameras panned to Prince George and Princess Charlotte who could be seen giggling and chatting with one another over the bizarre encounter.

But viewers watching at home got the ick, with one scoffing: "Kermit and Miss Piggy…who next? Mr Blobby? [Man shaking his head emoji] #Coronation #CoronationConcert."

Dad jokes

Prince William made a little joke during his time on stage (BBC)

From the future King of England to showbiz stars, no-one could resist cracking a few dad jokes during the Coronation Concert.

The eldest son of King Charles took to the stage at Windsor Castle to pay tribute to his newly crowned dad and tell the unelected head of state how proud his family are of him.

Prince William began his speech this evening with a dad joke, referencing headliner Lionel Richie and promising not to "go on all night long", before sharing an emotional tribute to his own father.

Host Hugh Bonneville couldn't help himself either, with the Downton Abbey actor kicking off proceedings at Windsor Castle saying: ""Doesn't it look nice? It's all thanks to His Majesty who was weeding at 7am this morning.

"We are of course delighted and honoured to be joined by King Charles III whose lifelong passion for the arts we will be celebrating throughout the show.

"He himself is a painter, an artist, the artist formerly known as Prince."

Katy Perry's nod to Britain

The Roar singer looked a vision in gold (BBC)

American star Katy Perry has always been fond of British culture and English men, with the I Kissed a Girl previously being married to Russell Brand and currently in a relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, who she shares a child with.

So the American Idol judge will most certainly be aware of the nation's love of Quality Street chocolates and be prepared to read the tweets about her choice of outfit for the Coronation Concert.

As the Roar singer took to the stage in a huge gold dress on Sunday night, those watching at home couldn't help but poke fun at her ensemble.

"Very patriotic of Katy Perry to come dressed as the penny toffee out of Quality Street #CoronationConcert," one joked on Twitter, as another quipped: "Love how Katy Perry is wearing a Quality Street wrapper #CoronationConcert."

However, many spotted a bit of a blunder from the pop princess when it came to her song choices.

"Kinda hilarious that Katy Perry sang Firework which references the 4th of July at the British King’s Coronation," one viewer observed as Katy belted out her hit song.

Another mused: "Katy Perry censoring “4th of July” from her #CoronationConcert performance of Firework is so noticeable it’s painful."

"Only the British #Royal Family could invite an American to come and sing about the joys of the 4th of July! #CoronationConcert #KatyPerry #Firework," a third scorned.

Kirsty Young's blunder

The singer enjoyed a chat with Coronation Concert hosts before taking to the stage (BBC)

Nicole Scherzinger certainly stole the show with her sensational performance on stage but it was the singer's interview with Kirsty Young that really got everyone talking online.

The presenter, 54, fronted coverage on the BBC ahead of the concert at Windsor Castle tonight alongside Jordan Banjo, 30, and Clara Amfo, 38, who were backstage.

Jordan had been interviewing singer Nicole, 44, when King Charles III, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, arrived earlier than planned, which prompted a voiceover from Kirsty.

She said: "And there of course we see the arrival of their Majesties the King and Queen. There's not very much that could upstage Nicole Sershinger, uh you know who I mean".

Kirsty later addressed the blunder and had another attempt at pronouncing Nicole's surname when Jordan and Clara joined her in the studio during their live coverage this evening.

She said: "Very sorry to cut you off in your prime [Jordan]. I have to tell you it was all go here. Suddenly the King and Queen arrived and we all thought 'what, wait a minute'."

Jordan responded by telling his colleague Kirsty on the show: "If anyone was gonna cut my time off with Nicole Scherzinger it had to be the King and Queen. That's fine".

Kirsty reacted by teasing over her mistake earlier. She commented during the exchange with Jordan: "I couldn't even say Nicole Scherzinger, never mind apologise for it".

Olly Murs debuting an American accent

The former X Factor star's white vest was the butt of a few jokes (BBC)

Poor Olly Murs took a roasting on social media as the Coronation Concert aired, with BBC viewers mocking everything from his fashion choices to one of his biggest hit songs.

But it was the former X Factor contestant's seemingly new accent that really got people talking online.

"What's with Olly Murs and the bizarre American accent?? #CoronationConcert," one Twitter user asked as Olly performed Dance With Me Tonight at Windsor Castle on Sunday night.

"#CoronationConcert Olly Murs' fake American accent! [sick emoji]," another added.

One unimpressed viewer simply took aim at the singer in general, tweeting: "Olly Murs would sing Dance With Me Tonight at the opening of a packet of crisps #CoronationConcert."

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