As the world said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II either in attendance at her state funeral in London or through television, Sir Elton John chose to bid farewell to the late Monarch with a heartfelt post on social media.
On the day of the Queen’s funeral, the 75-year-old musician took to social media to shared one of his most special moments with Her Majesty- dancing with her to Rock Around the Clock at Windsor Castle.
Taking to Instagram, Elton posted a couple of throwback photos of himself and the Queen, one from her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the other of her Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012.
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Alongside the snaps, Elton wrote: “Today I’ll be joining the rest of the world in remembering Her Majesty The Queen.”
“My own memories of her are filled with joy and admiration. The Queen honoured me with a CBE, a knighthood and the Companion of Honour. I was lucky enough to perform at three of her Jubilees. They were always joyous and humbling experiences.
“But it was the moments out of the public eye that I will most fondly remember her for; dancing together to ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at Windsor Castle or experiencing her great wit, warmth and humour first hand. She served with grace and dedication, and she will be sorely missed.”
Elton’s touching words come after the singer shared a musical tribute to the late Monarch during his concert in Toronto on Thursday, September 8.
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Addressing the concertgoers, Elton called the Queen an “inspiring presence” before saying the late Monarch had led Britain through “some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and a genuine caring warmth.”
“I’m 75 and she’s been with me all my life and I feel very sad that she won’t be with me anymore, but I’m glad she’s at peace, and I’m glad she’s at rest and she deserves it,” he said.
“She worked bloody hard. I send my love to her family. She’ll be missed… but we’ll celebrate her life tonight with you, OK?” he added before performing his 1974 hit Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me while smiling images of the Queen were splashed across the big screens.
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history, passed away peacefully at 96 years old at Balmoral Castle on September 9.
Her Majesty’s royal family, including estranged grandson Prince Harry, and great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have all united in grief to bid the beloved Queen farewell.
Queen Elizabeth II is now buried next to her parents, sister and husband at the George VI Memorial Chapel.