Sir Elton John paid a heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during his final Toronto “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” show on Thursday night.
The musician, who has many ties to the Royal Family, showed pictures of the late monarch on the Rogers Centre screens, calling her an “inspiring” presence to be around.
John shared, “She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and genuine warmth.
“I’m 75, she’s been with me all my life. I feel very sad that she won’t be with me anymore,” he added.
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Sir Elton John praising the Queen’s “grace and decency” during a concert in Toronto on Thursday pic.twitter.com/1V1QE3hm4B
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The hitmaker continued, “I’m glad she’s at peace and I’m glad she’s at rest. She deserves it, she worked bloody hard.
“She will be missed, but her spirit lives on… we celebrate her life tonight with music,” he added, before performing his 1974 track “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.
John was knighted by the longest-serving British monarch and Canadian head of state back in 1998 for his contributions to music and charitable organizations.
The year before that, John performed at the funeral of his friend Princess Diana, singing a rewritten version of his 1973 song “Candle in the Wind”.
The Queen, 96, died on Thursday in her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, alongside several family members.
The Royal Family made the sad announcement in a Twitter post:
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022