The death of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) on September 8 caused a wave of dismay around the world. Two British artists also insisted on saying a few words about the British monarch during their concerts. Both Harry Styles (28) and Elton John (75) paid tribute to the late Queen.
Former One Direction star Harry Styles took a break from his performance at Madison Square Garden in New York to discuss the event. "There was very sad news from my home country today: the passing of Queen Elizabeth II," said the 28-year-old, as fan videos show. He then asked the audience to clap for the queen. "For 70 years of service," declared the singer. When the applause finally died down, Styles thanked his fans.
John said the Queen has been with him "all my life and I am very sad that she will no longer be with me but I am glad that she is at peace". She "deserved" that. "She worked damn hard. Sending my love to her family." Tonight he wants to celebrate the Queen's life. He also sang the 1974 song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" while the screens showed images of the smiling monarch.
The composer also shared a message on his Instagram account: "Like the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth." Also in his post, John explained that he will miss the Queen very much. The singer was knighted by the Queen in 1998.
The Queen died peacefully on Thursday at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, aged 96. The palace had announced this. Britain's new monarch is King Charles III. (73), as was also announced in the evening.