Music world mourns Queen Elizabeth II

by Best Classic Bands Staff

Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, September 6, 2022 (Pool photo: Jane Barlow)

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 sparked an immediate outpouring of love and respect from the entertainment world. Britain’s oldest reigning monarch had celebrated her platinum jubilee, representing 70 years of service, from June 2-5 with a series of public events, which she was only able to attend in part, due to his declining health. The Queen had turned 96 on April 21.

The announcement of his death was made by the royal family official site. It simply read: ‘The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

Music legends offered their respects and gratitude to the Queen. In his tribute, Mick Jagger wrote: “I remember her as a beautiful young woman…to the nation’s beloved grandmother.”

Ozzy Osbourne said: “With a heavy heart I say it devastates the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II.” Elton John wrote, in part, “She was an inspiring presence to be around and led the country through some of our greatest and darkest times with grace, decency and genuine caring warmth.”

As Harry Potter author JK Rowling noted, “Most Britons have never known another monarch, she has been a common thread through all our lives.”

Beatles social media accounts paid tribute

The highlight of June’s four-day celebration was the Platinum Evening at the Palace on June 4, with musical performances by music stars such as Brian May, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran and Alicia Keys, outside Buckingham Palace, London’s royal residence. (Elton John, who was out of the country on his farewell tour, provided a pre-recorded performance.) The event drew the BBC’s biggest audience of the year with 13.4 million viewers.

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Rod Stewart, whose brother, Don, died two days earlier aged 94, wrote: “Like Don, the Queen has been a presence throughout my life as a great unifier.” He went on to write, “What a privilege it was to play for her. My deepest sympathies to the royal family. May God save the king.”

Sir Tom Jones wrote: “Queen Elizabeth II has been a constant presence and inspiration throughout my life. She was a reassuring force in difficult times, her dedication was unwavering and her commitment to duty unmatched.

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Rob Halford of Judas Priest wrote: “My second mum is gone…Her Majesty felt this for many of us…Her sense of love, duty and devotion and the wisdom that comes with a long life were like an open book for all of us. learn from » 💔

From Roger Daltrey: “I am, like everyone else, immensely saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His devotion to duty and service to this country, as well as those of the Commonwealth, is something that has been admired by people around the world.
My generation was blessed to have her in our lives as someone who brought us all together and bridged the gaps. A ray of light in a sometimes very dark world. What a great woman. She will be truly missed.”

And Pete Townshend: “I am very sad. Elizabeth was a tall and strong queen. But I’m happy to have Charles as king. He is a good man. So I have conflicting emotions. Elizabeth’s funeral will be a turning point for our country. It’s time to think about how we want our future to unfold. There is always hope.”

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