Elton John pays a deep tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during the concert in Toronto

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Sir Elton John continued his tribute to the Queen at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, praising the monarch and her ‘inspiring presence’.

The musician, 75, told his audience that the Queen had led Britain through ‘some of our greatest and darkest moments’ and said she ‘deserved’ her final rest.

Reflecting on the 96-year-old’s death on Thursday in Scotland, Sir Elton then gave a rendition of his 1974 number Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, while images of the smiling monarch, wearing a bright purple coat and hat, was displayed on the screens.

Heartwarming: Sir Elton John continued his tribute to the Queen at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, praising the monarch and her 'inspiring presence'

Heartwarming: Sir Elton John continued his tribute to the Queen at his concert in Toronto on Thursday night, praising the monarch and her ‘inspiring presence’

He said: ‘She was an inspiring presence to be around… she was amazing.

‘She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and a genuine caring warmth.

‘I’m 75 and she’s been with me all my life and I’m very sad that she doesn’t want to be with me anymore but I’m glad she’s at peace and I’m glad that she is at peace and she deserves it.

‘She worked hard. I send my love to her family. She will be missed… but we will celebrate her life tonight with you, okay?’

Tribute: The musician, 75, told his audience the Queen had led Britain through 'some of our greatest and darkest moments' and said she 'deserved' her final rest (pictured together in 1998)

Tribute: The musician, 75, told his audience the Queen had led Britain through ‘some of our greatest and darkest moments’ and said she ‘deserved’ her final rest (pictured together in 1998)

The singer-songwriter also took to social media to share his thoughts on the news: ‘Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s pssing.

‘She was an inspiring presence to be around, leading the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth.

‘Queen Elizabeth has been a big part of my life from childhood to this day and I will miss her very much.’

Sir Elton was knighted by the Queen in 1998.

Tribute: Music icon Elton said he will ‘miss her dearly’ after historic 70-year reign

The King invested the musician and charity patron as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor at a ceremony at Windsor Castle last year.

Sir Elton sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

Elton’s concert in Canada was the second of two nights at Toronto’s Rogers Center and part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, billed as his final tour.

Show: Elton's concert in Canada was the second of two nights at Toronto's Rogers Center and part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, billed as his final tour (pictured in 2021)

Show: Elton’s concert in Canada was the second of two nights at Toronto’s Rogers Center and part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, billed as his final tour (pictured in 2021)

The Queen’s son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III as the world mourns his mother, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

All of Her Majesty’s children were rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became ‘concerned’ about her health. Hours later, she died, surrounded by her family.

At 18:30 on Thursday, her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.’

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

Heartbreaking: All of Her Majesty's children were rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became 'concerned' about her health.  Hours later, she died, surrounded by her family

Heartbreaking: All of Her Majesty’s children were rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became ‘concerned’ about her health. Hours later, she died, surrounded by her family

And as her son ascends the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign, with her reaching her platinum jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.

Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

‘We deeply mourn the passing of a beloved sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of grief and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”

Mourning: The Queen's death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing

Mourning: The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing

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