Even for a man who this weekend is set to become Britain’s first billionaire musician, it’s a stressful challenge.
But when Ed Sheeran shows up at the grand finale of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations on June 5, he’ll have plenty of company.
The Mail on Sunday may reveal that Sheeran will be joined by a glittering array of stars as he leads the country in singing the national anthem at the end of the Jubilee Pageant.
A source said: “There will be names that we associate closely with each decade of the Queen’s reign and they will join Ed Sheeran for the final proceedings.”
Sheeran’s star “backing vocalists” will include Spandau Ballet’s pop stars Sandie Shaw, Marc Almond and Tony Hadley, along with soprano Lesley Garrett and Jools Holland.
Other celebrities include Dame Esther Rantzen, Chris Tarrant, William Roache, Anthea Turner, Holly Willoughby, Shirley Ballas, Chris Eubank, and Felicity Jones.
Former Blue Peter hosts Peter Purves and Valerie Singleton will also be there.
Great Britain’s Olympic heroes loom large, including Lord Seb Coe, Tessa Sanderson and Dame Kelly Holmes.
TV meteorologist Michael Fish, who said no hurricane was on the way hours before the Big Storm of 1987, will also be on stage.
His appearance will come at the end of four days of celebrations to mark the Queen’s seven decades on the Throne.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee Contest, the cast of Mamma Mia! the musical will perform Abba songs on a float.
During the pageant parade, each decade of the Queen’s reign will be represented by an open-top bus featuring well-known personalities associated with the era.