King Charles honors the late Tina Turner with musical tribute at Buckingham Palace

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From a King to a Queen.

King Charles III honored the late Tina Turner, dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with a musical tribute after she passed away on Wednesday.

The newly crowned monarch allowed the Band of the Welsh Guards to perform her 1989 hit “The Best” during the changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace on Friday, according to video footage shared by Forces News.

The group was also joined by the First Battalion Welsh Guards Corps of Drums, Hello! reported, for the centuries-old ceremony, where the King’s Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Palace to the New Guard.

Charles, 74, first met the legendary singer in 1986, when she performed at the Prince’s Trust All-Star Rock Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The Royal Guards.
The song was performed by the Band of the Welsh Guards during the Changing of the Guards ceremony.
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“The Best” is a song that holds dear to other members of the royal family.

In a December 2021 episode of Apple Fitness+’s “Time to Walk” series, Prince William revealed that his mother, Princess Diana, would play the track for him and his brother, Prince Harry, while she was driving them back to boarding school.

Tina Turner performing at Wembley Stadium.
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who died of natural causes earlier this week, previously performed for the royal family.

“One of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, still quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’ because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment,” the Prince of Wales, 40, shared.

“And my mother, she’d be driving along, singing at the top of her voice.”

William, who was 15 when Diana died in 1997, continued, “We’d even get the policeman [security] in the car: he’d occasionally be singing along as well. We’d be singing and listening to the music right the way up to the gates at school where they dropped you off.”

Then Prince Charles meeting Tina Turner in 1986.
Turner first met the monarch when she performed at the Prince’s Trust All-Star Rock Concert in 1986.
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“When I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother,” he added.

Turner died earlier this week at the age of 83 of natural causes.

A host of celebrities, including Mick Jagger, Oprah Winfrey, Cher and Angela Bassett shared their memories of the “Proud Mary” singer on social media, while several stars — such as Beyoncé and Lizzo — honored the legend on stage.

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