Elton John pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during Toronto concert

‘I’m glad she’s at peace’: Elton John pays heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during Toronto concert after her death aged 96

  • The musician, 75, told his audience the Queen had led Britain through ‘some of our greatest and darkest moments’ saying she ‘deserved’ her final rest
  • Reflecting on the 96-year-old’s death on Thursday in Scotland, Sir Elton then gave a rendition of his 1974 track Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me 
  • He said: ‘She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and a genuine caring warmth’ 
  • Sharing a statement on social media, Elton said: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s pssing’ 
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

Sir Elton John continued his tributes to the Queen at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, during which he praised the monarch and her ‘inspiring presence’.

The musician, 75, told his audience the Queen had led Britain through ‘some of our greatest and darkest moments’ saying she ‘deserved’ her final rest.

Reflecting on the 96-year-old’s death on Thursday in Scotland, Sir Elton then gave a rendition of his 1974 track Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, while images of the smiling monarch, wearing a bright purple coat and hat, were displayed on the screens.

Heartfelt: Sir Elton John continued his tributes to the Queen at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, during which he praised the monarch and her ‘inspiring presence’

He said: ‘She was an inspiring presence to be around… she was fantastic.

‘She led the country 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.

‘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?’

Tribute: The musician, 75, told his audience the Queen had led Britain through ‘some of our greatest and darkest moments’ saying she ‘deserved’ her final rest (pictured together in 1998) 

The singer-songwriter also took to social media to share his thoughts on the news: ‘Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s pssing. 

‘She was an inspiring presence to be around, and lead the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moment with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.

‘Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.’

Sir Elton was knighted by the Queen in 1998.

Tribute: Music icon Elton said he will ‘miss her dearly’ after a historic 70-year reign 

The King invested the musician and charity patron as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour at a ceremony at Windsor Castle last year.

Sir Elton sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

Elton’s concert in Canada was the second of two nights at Toronto’s Rogers Centre and part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, billed as his final tour.

Show: Elton’s concert in Canada was the second of two nights at Toronto’s Rogers Centre and part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, billed as his final tour (pictured in 2021)

The Queen’s son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, as the world grieves his mother, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Hours later she died, surrounded by her family.

At 6.30pm Thursday her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘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’.

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

Heartbreaking: All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Hours later she died, surrounded by her family 

And as her son accedes to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign that saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.

Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’

Mourning: The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing

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