Elton John, who had the closest relationship of any musician with the Royal Family, paid tribute to the late queen at his concert in Toronto just hours after the news of her death at age 96 had been released.
The news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s death was the “most tragic,” he stated. I had the pleasure of spending time with her, and she was truly remarkable. She guided the country with dignity, compassion, and kindness through some of our most trying times.
I’m 75 years old; she’s been by my side for the entirety of my life, and I’m going to miss her very much. However, he went on, “I’m delighted she’s at peace, and I’m glad she’s at rest, and she deserves it because she’s worked bloody hard.” The crowd applauded.
A lot of my thoughts and prayers are with her and her loved ones. We honour her memory with music tonight as we remember and honour her legacy. ”
In response, he played his 1974 smash hit, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which has special significance here because it alludes to a phrase popular during Queen Victoria’s reign: “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”
Although Canada has been an independent nation since 1982, it was ruled by Britain for over two centuries. A Commonwealth realm, Queen Elizabeth II served as monarch from 1952 until her death on Thursday.
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John’s opening remarks echoed a tribute he had made earlier in the day on social media, but his final remarks were entirely original.
In the early 1980s, John became close friends with Lady Diana Spencer, and their relationship expanded to encompass the rest of the Royal Family and endured after her untimely death in 1997.
On April 24, 1998, the Queen honoured him with the title of “Sir” for his many years of service to the community, especially in the areas of AIDS research funding and education.
Sir Elton John pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/LryBMo3dbT
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Shortly after Diana’s passing, he reworked his 1973 homage to Marilyn Monroe, “Candle in the Wind (Goodbye England’s Rose),” as a song to honour England’s late princess. He sang it at her memorial service, and in September 1997, he released it as a single with all sales going to her causes.
It was the best-selling song in the United Kingdom and the United States, and it also topped the charts in many other countries. It was number one in the United States for a total of 14 weeks, during which time it also won a Grammy.
John’s remark that she had been with him his whole life was an understatement; she had been his queen ever since he was four. For more hilarious comments, check out the threads at TheActiveNews.com.