As the world continues to mourn the loss of legendary singer Tina Turner, King Charles III has taken a moment to honour her legacy with a show-stopping performance courtesy of the Band of the Welsh Guards.
On Friday, May 26, the King had the Band play the tune of one of Turner’s biggest hits, her 1989 single The Best, at Buckingham Palace during the guard ceremony.
A clip shared on social media shows the group, who were also joined by the First Battalion Welsh Guards Corps of Drums, playing the song during a sunny day out to delighted onlookers.
Simply the best! ❤️
— British Embassy Washington (@UKinUSA) May 26, 2023
Outside of being a chart-topping hit, the song also holds sentimental value to the King’s eldest son, Prince William, who previously shared that the song was beloved by his mother the late Princess Diana.
According to William, the late Princess of Wales used to sing along to the song while driving him and his brother, Prince Harry, around when they were kids.
“One of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’ because sitting in the backseat [going to school], singing away, it felt like a real family moment,” he said on Apple Fitness+’s Time to Walk.
“And my mother, she’d be driving along, singing at the top of her voice.
“We’d even get the policeman [security] in the car: he’d occasionally be singing along as well. We’d be singing and listening to the music right the way up to the gates at school where they dropped you off.”
William, who was only 15 when Diana died in 1997, added, “when I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother.”
Turner passed away peacefully at her home in Switzerland on Wednesday, May 24 at the age of 83. Her death was officially confirmed through a statement shared on her Instagram account.
It is also understood that Turner will have a small intimate send-off before being cremated in Switzerland.
Her personal assistant of over 20 years, Eddy Hampton, revealed that the What’s Love Got To Do With It hitmaker “did not want a big funeral” but said he’s “sure there will be some kind of memorial concert and tribute later.”
Turner is survived by her husband Erwin Bach and her adopted sons Ike Turner Jr and Michael.