The rock music community has taken to social media to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, who died at the age of 96.
The Buckingham Palace announced:
“This afternoon, the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral. This evening, the King and Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral and will travel to London tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, King Charles III stated:
“The passing of my cherished mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a time of profound sorrow for me and my entire family. We deeply lament the demise of a revered monarch and a beloved mother.”
Many musicians paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, and Geezer Butler.
Sir Paul McCartney was a longtime admirer and close friend of Queen Elizabeth II, who knighted him in 1997 at the age of 54 in Buckingham Palace.
He was made an Honor Companion twenty years later. Following her death on Thursday, McCartney paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a black-and-white image on Instagram.
His public ties to the king date back to June 1953, when he won a school essay contest before the monarch’s coronation.
However, Mick Jagger’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth has not been as pleasant. Nonetheless, he took the time to pay his respects to the great monarch.
Queen Elizabeth was among those who thought Jagger shouldn’t have been so lucky to have his cone. The Queen was said to be extremely dissatisfied with Jagger’s knighthood.
According to reports, Queen Elizabeth II responded to Jagger’s initial decision with two words: “not fit.” Tony Blair’s obsession with pushing his concept of “Cool Britannia” to its logical conclusion prompted this objection.
In addition to being a prominent advocate for society’s underbelly, Jagger had publicly criticized the monarchy, even referring to Her Royal Highness as the “chief witch.”
It was enough to put the Queen on high alert. While the Queen was scheduled to have surgery at the time of the ceremony, rumors circulated that she skipped it on purpose to avoid Jagger.
This information was revealed in Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Mick Jagger, an unofficial biography published in 2012. According to a royal advisor quoted in Christopher Andersen’s book, “there was just no way that [Queen Elizabeth] would participate in that.” However, there was another rumored reason for Jagger’s expulsion by the Queen.
Rumor is that Jagger had an affair with Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister. Jagger is said to have dined with and enjoyed the company of the Queen’s sister’s social circle. Margaret and Mick allegedly had an affair, according to rumors.
However, he could have truly let bygones be bygones.