Lady Diana: the terrible fear of Elton John during his funeral – Gala

On September 6, 1992, Elton John bid farewell to Lady Diana in song. At Westminster Abbey, where he finds Princes William and Harry, he reveals an unpublished version of his title Candle in the Wind. In his biography Me Elton Johnhe confides in the fear that awaited him that day.

It was 25 years ago. The world bid farewell to Lady Diana disappeared in a tragic car accident in Paris on August 31, 1992. On September 6, all eyes were on London. Outside Buckingham Palace, at Kensington Palace and at her home at Althorp House, 60 million bouquets of flowers are deposited according The Mirror. At Westminster Abbey, Princes William and Harry walk behind their mother’s coffin with Princes Charles and Philip, amidst a crowd who have come to mourn the Princess of Wales. Crowned heads, politicians and celebrities from around the world made the trip. Among them, his close friend Elton John.

It is up to him to pay tribute to him in song. For this sad occasion, he resumes his famous title Candle in the Wind, written in 1973 for Marilyn Monroe. A piece he has “performed hundreds of times”, but this time was different. He, who is against the use of teleprompters “contrary to the spontaneous spirit of rock and roll”says in his autobiography Me Elton John have had fear “to sing the original lyrics” rather than those written for Diana Spencer. “I didn’t suffer from stage fright. What if I went on autopilot and sang the wrong version?”, he remembers thinking.


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Buckingham Palace didn’t want Elton John’s song at Lady Di’s funeral

This title, Buckingham Palace teams deem him “too sentimental” for the occasion, according to sky news which reveals documents extracted from the English National Archives. The Reverend Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster, insists that it be sung. This is a crucial point of the service, and we urge you to be bold. This is where the unexpected happens, and where that something of the modern world that the princess represented. With all due respect, I think anything classical or choral (even popular classical) is inappropriate.” he pleads.

The priest wins the case. It will be the only time that the artist will perform this version in public, which becomes the second best-selling single of all time. 30 million copies are sold worldwide. A success that the singer finds difficult to accept: “Part of me couldn’t understand why anyone would want to listen to this song. In what context would you like to listen to it? Me never. Proceeds from sales are donated to the Diana Fund and the British government waives the collection of VAT on this disc.

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Lady Diana: the terrible fear of Elton John during his funeral – Gala

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