King Charles Honors Tina Turner With Musical Tribute at Buckingham Palace: Watch

The newly crowned king allowed the singer’s 1989 hit ‘The Best’ to play during the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace on Friday

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King Charles pays tribute to Tina Turner with a musical tribute worthy of the queen of rock ‘n’ roll.

Following news of the legendary singer’s death on Wednesday, the newly crowned royal cleared the Band of the Welsh Guards to perform their 1989 hit “The Best” during the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The group was also joined by the First Battalion Welsh Guards Corps of Drums, Good morning! reported, for the ceremony where the King’s Guard hands over the responsibility of protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace to the New Guard.

Charles, 74, first met Turner in 1986 when she performed at the Prince’s Trust All-Star Rock Concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

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Related: Prince William Once Revealed Tina Turner’s Song Mom, Princess Diana Would Sing in the Car

In a December 2021 episode of Apple Fitness+ Walking time series, Prince William revealed that his mother, Princess Diana, would perform “The Best” for him and Prince Harry to ease their back-to-school anxieties.

“One of the songs that I remember overwhelmingly and stuck with me all this time, and still enjoy to this day in secret, is Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’ because sitting on the bench back, singing, it felt like real family time. And my mom, she would be driving, singing along,” William said at the time.

“When I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back a lot of memories of my mom,” he added.

Related: Tina Turner Dead at 83: Listen to 5 of Her Most Memorable Songs

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Turner died aged 83 after a long illness at her home near Zurich in Switzerland, her publicist Bernard Doherty confirmed in a statement earlier this week.

“With her music and boundless passion for life, she has enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” read a post shared on Turner’s Instagram.

“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work: her music. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family. Tina, you will be greatly missed,” the post concludes.

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