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Elton John posts moving tribute to Princess Diana on 25th anniversary of her passing

The Crocodile Rock singer was close with the Princess of Wales

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Matthew Moore
Online News Writer & Diversity and Inclusion Lead
August 31, 2022
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Elton John has shared a moving message as he marked the 25th anniversary of the passing of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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The singer was close with the royal and posted a photo of the pair together in a Christmas setting, and they were both smiling with wide grins. Diana looked elegant in an all-blue outfit, including a dazzling blazer that featured intricate details around her wrists. Elton meanwhile looked his best in another all-blue outfit, that he finished off with a pair of wide-framed glasses.

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In a touching caption, the singer said: "You will always be missed."

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The post was met with an outpouring of love for the late Diana, as one penned: "Forever the People's Princess," and a second posted: "A light that will forever shine."

A third commented: "You both look truly happy to be in each other's company," and a fourth added: "This pic makes me smile. She was so pretty."

And a fifth used Elton's own words, as they wrote: "'Goodbye England's Rose, may you ever grow in our hearts, you were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart'. Elton John and Bernie Taupin."

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Elton remembered his close friend

Elton and Diana first met in 1981, and immediately became close friends, reportedly bonding over their mutual love of the Charleston dance style.

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Commenting on their friendship, the star called her "fabulous company, the best dinner party guest, incredibly indiscreet, a real gossip: you could ask her anything and she'd tell you."

Although they reportedly had a falling out a year before her death, Sir Elton still performed at her funeral, where he played Candle in the Wind.

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Elton played at Diana's funeral

Many have been marking the 25th anniversary of Diana's passing, and at her childhood home of Althorp House, the Union Jack was flown at half-mast.

Her younger brother, Charles Spencer shared the sombre photo with no caption at all, letting the symbol of the flag flying low do all the talking.

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Flying a flag at half-mast is seen as a sign of respect when someone passes away, and Buckingham Palace received a huge backlash at the time when the flag wasn't lowered in the wake of the tragic news.

However, the flag did then fly at half-mast for Diana's funeral and then again on the anniversary of her death.

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