Although officially retired, much of George's time in late-2001 and early-2002 was spent arranging a musical celebration for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the international year-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries on February 6, 1952. Sir George was the musical director for the event and the globally telecast rock concert from the grounds of Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2002.
As part of the June 3rd celebration, more than 200 towns and cities across the United Kingdom publicly played The Beatles song "All You Need Is Love" simultaneously. That evening, the Queen was serenaded by a who's who of British rock royalty - including Eric Clapton, C.B.E., Sir Cliff Richard, O.B.E. and Sir Paul McCartney, M.B.E., who closed the show. The DVD release of the event, Party at the Palace, raised millions for charity.