The Queen’s Guard has delivered a regal tribute to the late singer Meat Loaf, during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace on Monday.
The tribute took the form of a special performance with marching and combined with the Queen’s Welsh Guard for a version of Meat Loaf’s famous song, I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Many spectators gathered outside palace gates, eager to watch and video the performance, with recordings quickly going viral as fans fondly remembered the famous American singer and actor.
A particular Twitter post saw mass interaction from fans, receiving more than 26,000 likes and more than 4,700 retweets. One user commented, “Great that you captured such a wonderful tribute to the wonderful Meat Loaf, showing how much he was loved and respected by everyone…the music lives on.”
The Queen’s guard playing a tribute to Meat Loaf
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— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) January 24, 2022
Another wrote, “Love that our Armed Forces can do this to honour the man, entertain tourists and still be ready to protect Her Majesty as well as us at a moment’s notice!”
Love that our armed forces can do this to honour the man, entertain tourists and still be ready to protect HM as well as us at a moment’s notice! As musicians you know they like variety – this is great! Camera angles poor but just listen!
— Teddy (@lesterjonsen) January 24, 2022
Some users even made light of the touching performance, joking, “Shame Her Majesty wasn’t around to enjoy that. I can imagine her miming to it, dancing around under a chandelier, using her scepter as a ‘mic’.”
The heart-warming performance was widely praised and acknowledged for its special tribute to Meat Loaf, a particular user even pointing out the little time they had to prepare. “Considering the limited time since he passed they haven’t had much time to rehearse that. That’s pretty impressive musicianship, to say the least,” the user wrote.
Meat Loaf died last Thursday at the age of 74, with the cause of death suspected to be Covid-19 complications. The late singer is said to have passed away with his wife Deborah and daughters Pearl and Amanda by his side, and many fans have since posted multiple heart-warming tributes to honour his legacy.
Meat Loaf’s daughters also took to social media to post loving tributes to their late father, captioning the photo: “I love you always, no matter what. I love you with my whole heart. We got you. Forever”, they wrote.
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The late singer’s album, Bat Out of Hell, continues to be one of the top 10 selling albums of all time, and his song I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), which the Queen’s Guard performed, won him a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance in 1993.