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#ICYMI: Elton John Shows Unique Closness To Royal Family Through Song

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In case you missed it, although we doubt you did, Prince Harry married former American actress Meghan Markle at a ceremony hosted by her majesty the queen, at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle.  To celebrate, the prince asked music legend and royal family friend Elton John to perform. According to the Daily Mail, John took the stage after Prince Harry, following his speech, asked his guests, “Does anyone here know how to play the piano?” John then sat by the piano and performed four songs, “Your Song,” “Circle of Life,” “I’m Still Standing” and “Tiny Dancer”.

“Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the Reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle,” Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement. “Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”

“I first met an extremely shy and sweet Prince Harry at a private lunch at Kensington Palace, given by his mother Princess Diana for Gianni Versace and me many years ago,” John once said. “What a joy it has been to see that young boy grow to inherit his mother’s warmth, sense of humor and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in.”

John made history when he performed a distinctly amended version of his 1974 hit “Candle In The WInd” at the famously untimely funeral of Prince Harry and Prince William’s  mother, Princess Diana in 1997. The tribute song sold 33 million copies, and became the second highest selling single in the Guinness book of world records behind Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.”   
“Your Song” was also performed during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding by pop singer Ellie Goulding.George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba were among the other non-musical celebrities in attendance.

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