Elton John paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in concert Thursday.
The singer was performing in Canada where he dedicated a performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to the Queen.
“She was an inspiring presence to be around,” John told his audience at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, as reported by Billboard. “She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine, caring warmth. I’m 75. 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’s worked bloody hard. I send my love to her family and her loved ones, and she will be missed. But her spirit lives on, and we celebrate her life tonight with music.”
Elton John sings “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” after paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in Toronto pic.twitter.com/FT1oX6lP5E
— Patrick Searle (@patsearle) September 9, 2022
John also shared a heartfelt message on social media calling Queen Elizabeth an “inspiring presence to be around.”
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) September 8, 2022