Beyonce, who celebrated her 41st birthday on September 4, is known for involving her front-row audience members in chants at her concerts. However, in 2013, the pop culture icon unknowingly cast an embarrassed young Princess Eugenie.
Beyonce is a world-renowned singer, often performing in front of tens of thousands of people on her sold-out tours around the world.
Fans are usually treated to a sensational feast of dance, music and performance, and are often involved in the concert itself.
In particular, the chart-topping hit Irreplaceable usually sees the pop singer pick a lucky front-row audience member to sing along with her.
In 2013, Queen Bey accidentally chose actual royalty.
Princess Eugenie was in the front row of the O2 arena with Kate Middleton’s brother James with his then-girlfriend Donna Air.
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In an unforgettable moment, Beyonce placed the microphone in front of the princess, urging her to repeat the “left” phrase the song is famous for.
The 23-year-old suddenly found herself speechless and bent down to the ground.
Beyonce had plenty of other karaoke partners to choose from in the front row and continued the song smoothly.
An insider reportedly told the Mirror that the moment was “hilarious” and Eugenie’s friends were “teasing her about her stage fright for hours afterwards”.
It’s been concert tradition for the singer, as hundreds of clips circulate the internet featuring particularly good or bad audience members.
The singer shone in a blue jumpsuit as she demanded the entirety of the stage and often leaned over railings to bring her microphone closer to her singing audience.
Fans grew to expect a dance-infused show despite the songs’ incredible vocal demands.
Beyonce perfected this performance as the singer is usually seen giving off perfect notes while running around the stage or crouching down to watch her fans.
The former Destiny’s Child member noted that when she started out in the music industry, the pop group was put through grueling exercises.
Her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, made the girls run every morning singing.
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While that would be enough to completely wind up most people, the trio usually only went home to practice their dances for a few more hours.
The singer told The Times of India in 2011, “My dad made me run a mile singing so I could perform on stage without getting exhausted.”
The technique also stuck with Beyonce in her solo career, as her personal trainer Mark Jenkins told Insider in 2017.
He said: “I took him through his album in the Georgia heat. It’ll do it because then you can sing and dance if you were running and it sounds good.
Although the training regimen sounds daunting, it has allowed the singer to deliver much more enthusiastic and entertaining performances as she follows her dancers every step of the way.
His athleticism and dynamism do not go unnoticed as the star is often complimented by other musicians.
Months before her meeting with Princess Eugenie, Beyonce performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, as singer Bruno Mars documented on Twitter: “Beyonce has stamina! I would be coughing up blood now.
Making the singer’s stamina even more impressive is the fact that at the halftime show, Beyonce was a year past giving birth to her first child Blue Ivy.
The meeting with the young Eugenie would not be the last time that Beyonce rubbed shoulders with royalty.
In 2019, Beyonce voiced Nala in the remake of The Lion King and met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the film’s London premiere, although this time both parties were ready to vocalize.