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Sir Elton John has always had a close relationship with the royal family, being particularly close to the late Princess Diana. The acclaimed singer recalled his incredible life and some intimate moments with the royal family, in his 2019 autobiography, Me.

An anecdotal moment Sir Elton wrote in the 2019 book took audiences by storm as it showed a side of the late Queen that many never got to see.

The Tiny Dancer singer recalled being at a dinner party with the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and her nephew, Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley.

Sir Elton claims to have spotted the Queen asking young Linley to go see his sister, Lady Sarah, who was not feeling well.

Lady Sarah had retired to her room during dinner, but the musician claimed Linley was reluctant to watch her.

The singer wrote in his book: “When he [Linley] tried several times to push her away, the queen lightly slapped him in the face saying “Don’t” – slap – ‘argue’ – slap – ‘with’ – slap – ‘me’ – slap – ‘I’ – slap – ‘am’ – slap – ‘THE QUEEN!’ “

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A surprised Linley rushed to check on his sister and only then did the Queen realize that Sir Elton had been watching the entire encounter.

Sir Elton claimed Her Majesty winked at him and simply walked away.

The singer noted in her memoir, “I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but…in private, she could be hilarious.”

The Candle in the Wind singer has a long relationship with the royal family, from his famous friendship with Princess Diana to the wedding of his son, Prince Harry.

The 75-year-old was reportedly on the guest list for several Buckingham Palace events in the 1970s according to Independent, where he first met most of the royals.

However, it wasn’t until the early 1980s that Sir Elton would find his famous friendship with Princess Diana at Prince Andrew’s birthday party.

In his autobiography, Sir Elton recalled playing at the Prince’s 21st birthday and described the event as ‘the quietest nightclub in the world’ due to the presence of the Queen.

The singer wrote: “No one meant to offend the royal sensibilities, the disco was turned down as low as possible without turning it off completely.”

Although they had to strain to hear the music, the Queen and her daughter, Princess Anne, joined Sir Elton on the dance floor.

As Elvis Presley’s Rock Around the Clock played, Sir Elton found himself “trying to dance as inaudibly as possible” with the Queen.


Also on the dance floor that night was Princess Diana, and the pair “instantly clicked” according to Sir Elton.

In the book, the Cold Heart singer noted how Diana’s “incredible social ease” was passed down to her children, Princes Harry and William.

The princess and the singer would remain friends for more than 15 years, until her tragic death in 1997.

Sir Elton sang his 1973 hit Candle in the Wind at Diana’s funeral as a tribute to the late princess, although the song was originally written in honor of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe.

On September 8, the singer performed in Toronto after hearing the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Many expected the singer to cancel the show, which is part of the last tour of his career according to Music Times, but instead opted to pay an onstage tribute to the late monarch.

Sitting at the piano, he said: “She was an inspiring presence, she was fantastic. She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest times with grace, decency, and genuine, caring warmth.

The 75-year-old pop star said: “She’s been with me all my life and I’m very sad that she’s not with me anymore but I’m glad she’s at peace, I’m glad she’s rest and she deserves it. She worked very hard.”

He concluded, “She will be missed but her spirit lives on and we celebrate her life tonight with music!”

Sir Elton’s memoir, Me, is available for purchase here.