Elton John reveals how he ‘awkwardly’ danced to Rock Around the Clock with the Queen at Prince Andrew’s 21st


ELTON John revealed he once ‘awkwardly’ danced with the Queen – who took her handbag to the dance floor.

The singer, 72, was invited to Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party, in 1981, held at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Elton John have met on several occasions
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It was a grand affair with 500 people invited, including then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Despite an impressive guest list for a coming-of-age birthday, Elton revealed everyone was so afraid of the Queen the music was barely audible.

Writing in his autobiography, Me, he said the volume was so low you could “literally hear your feet moving around on the floor over the music.”

But the quiet tunes didn’t stop people from dancing, as Elton says Princess Anne came up and asked him to dance.

The Queen hit the dance floor at Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party
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He said: “Princess Anne asked me to dance with her to ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley.

“Well, I say ‘dance’—I ended up just awkwardly shuffling from foot to foot, trying to make as little noise as I could so that I didn’t drown out the music.”

As the DJ went through classic songs, he then played Bill Taley’s 1955 hit Rock Around The Clock.

Elton revealed the Queen danced to Rock Around The Clock
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Elton said: “If you strained your ears and concentrated hard, you could just about make out that the DJ had segued from Elvis into ‘Rock Around The Clock.”

The song was apparently a hit with the Queen, who joined the pair on the dancefloor.

Elton recalled: “Then the Queen appeared, carrying her handbag.

The Queen didn’t put her handbag down while dancing

“She walked over and asked if she could join us.

“So now I was trying to dance as inaudibly as possible with Princess Anne and the Queen—still holding her handbag—while what appeared to be the world’s quietest disco played Bill Haley.

“I tried my best to come up with a facial expression that suggested this was a perfectly normal state of affairs.”

Meanwhile we revealed Olivia Colman nicked some loo roll while visiting Buckingham Palace.

And we recently told you how the Queen worries postal delays will mean her birthday cards don’t arrive on time.

Plus the Queen once visited the Emmerdale set as part of the village was blown up yards from her feet.


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