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Sir Elton John has nurtured a detailed relationship with the royal family for many years, but one particular encounter with the late Prince Philip left Sir Elton John barely shocked. 

In 2019, Sir Elton revealed the encounter when writing about his passion for football in his autobiography, specifically the Watford Football Club that he became chairman of in 1976. 

In a display of support for the club, the Rocketman singer purchased an Aston Martin and had it painted in the colors of the club – yellow with a red and black stripe. 

Sir Elton was undeniably happy with the automobile, dubbing it the “chairman’s automobile” as he drove it to observe the club play at away games. 

Prince Philip was somewhat less entertained by it as he spotted it driving around Old Windsor, although he didn’t know who was behind the wheel. 

He was reportedly so off-put by the vehicle he became determined to seek out the motive force and share his opinion of the automobile. 

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On the time Sir Elton was staying within the Old Windsor area and didn’t realise just how eye-catching his automobile had turn out to be, writing: “I didn’t realise how much attention it had attracted until I used to be introduced to Prince Philip.”

The Prince asked if the Tiny Dancer singer lived in the realm by Windsor Castle, which Sir Elton confirmed, after which questioned: “Have you ever seen the bloody idiot who drives around that area in his ghastly automobile?

“It’s vivid yellow with a ridiculous stripe on it. Do you already know him?”

Reluctantly the singer sheepishly revealed it was in reality his automobile, and somewhat than being shocked on the revelation the Duke of Edinburgh “seemed quite pleased to have found the idiot in query”. 

Prince Philip reportedly slammed the musician saying: “What the hell are you pondering? Ridiculous. Makes you appear like a bloody idiot. Do away with it.”

Even though it is unclear if the star followed the royal’s wishes, he maintained a detailed relationship with many royal relations throughout his profession. Most notable of which was his close friendship with the late Princess Diana. 

The musician performed an edited version of Candle within the Wind at Diana’s funeral, and many years later also reportedly played at the marriage reception for Diana’s youngest son Prince Harry. 

Sir Elton had invested countless hours and enormous sums of cash into the club and ultimately saw it climb into the English First Division before he sold it to Jack Petchey in 1987. 


Despite the sale, the musician remained president of the club and ended up buying it back from Petchey in 1997, restoring himself to his former title. 

Five years later Sir Elton would once more step down because the club now required a full-time chairman but stayed on as president again. 

In 2019, Smoothradio reported that Sir Elton still had a “large financial interest” within the club, although he was now not a majority shareholder and had worked hard to support the club over time. 

The award-winning singer held live shows at Watford stadium, with proceeds going towards the club and has since turn out to be an honorary life president, however the star is never seen on the actual matches in Watford’s home stadium. 

He later explained to the Watford Observer that he didn’t just like the crowds especially because the growing use of cell phones often meant he would have his picture taken when he was just attempting to calm down and watch the games. 

In 2018, Sir Elton’s connection to the club grew even stronger as his then seven-year-old son, Zachary, joined Watford playing for the Watford Academy team. 

Sir Elton’s close relationship with the royal family will mean he’s more likely to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, September 19. 

Following the news of Her Majesty’s death, the musician posted his heartfelt condolences on Twitter saying: “Together with the remainder of the nation, I’m deeply saddened to listen to the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s passing. 

“She was an inspiring presence to be around and led the country through a few of our biggest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a real caring warmth. Queen Elizabeth has been an enormous a part of my life from childhood to at the present time, and I’ll miss her dearly.”

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