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Sir Elton John shares a special moment he had with Queen Elizabeth II

Sir Elton John continued his tribute to the Queen on Monday when he made a heartfelt post on social media on the day of her funeral.

The 75-year-old musician shared some of his fondest memories with Her Majesty, explaining the special moments were “out of the public eye”.

He told his 4.2million Instagram followers that one time “he will remember most fondly is dancing together to Rock Around the Clock at Windsor Castle”.

Sir Elton posted two throwback snaps, one from the Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 and one from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Alongside the photos, he wrote: “Today I will join the rest of the world in commemorating Her Majesty The Queen.

“My own memories of her are filled with joy and admiration. The Queen has honored me with a CBE, Knighthood and Companion of Honour. I was lucky enough to perform at three of their anniversaries. It was always a joyful and a humbling experience.

“But it was the moments out of public view that I will remember her most fondly; dance together to “Rock Around the Clock” at Windsor Castle or experience their great wit, warmth and humor up close. She served with grace and devotion and we will miss her greatly.”

Elton paid tribute to the Queen at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, during which he praised the monarch and her “inspirational presence”.

The musician told his audience the Queen has guided Britain through “some of our greatest and darkest moments” and said she “deserved” her final resting place.

Reflecting on the 96-year-old’s death, Sir Elton gave a rendition of his 1974 track Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, while pictures of the smiling monarch, wearing a bright purple coat and hat, appeared on the screens.

He said: “She was an inspiring presence… she was amazing.

“She has guided the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and grace and a genuine, caring warmth.

“I’m 75 and she’s been with me my whole life and I’m very sad 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 worked damn hard. I send my love to her family. We’ll miss her… but we’ll celebrate her life with you tonight, okay?”

The singer-songwriter before took to social media to share his thoughts on the news: “Together with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Pssing.

“She was an inspiring presence, guiding the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, grace and a genuine, caring warmth.

“Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day and I will miss her dearly.”

Sir Elton was knighted by the Queen in 1998.

The King made the musician and charity patron a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor at a ceremony at Windsor Castle last year.

Sir Elton sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

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