Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary life president of the club.
Prominent LGBTQ+ people have been responding to Queen Elizabeth II’s death after Buckingham Palace made the announcement on 8 September.
She was in power since 1952 and was the only British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. Her death came after news that the Queen had been placed under medical supervision when doctors became concerned about her health, with tributes from a number of world leaders and public officials pouring in as soon as news of her passing ws shared later that day.
Liz Truss, the 15th and final Prime Minister to be asked to form a government by Her Majesty the Queen, was among those paying their respects. “With the king’s family, we mourn the loss of his mother,” she said in a statement. “And as we mourn, we must come together as a people to support him.
To help him bear the awesome responsibility that he now carries for us all.” Writing on Instagram, Elton John paid a heartfelt tribute to the late monarch: “Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing. “She was an inspiring presence to be around, and lead the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth. “Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.” Ian Green, the Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said her “immense support for charities and good causes has been a hallmark of her reign.” He continued: “Whether it is meeting a London-based patient with an AIDS-related illness in 1989, opening the Mildmay HIV Centre in Kampala, Uganda in 2007, or visiting an AIDS memorial garden in 2015, she has taken her message of