The recent death of legendary music artist Tina Turner has been deeply felt by her millions of fans around the world. On Wednesday, King Charles III honored her memory with a singularly fitting tribute - a musical performance from the Band of the Welsh Guards during the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Palace.
Not only was it an appropriate tribute to such a beloved musician, but it was also a full-circle moment for Tina Turner - as she had previously performed for the royal family. The Choir of the Welsh Guards Corps of Drums joined them for the centuries-old ceremony that symbolizes the handing over of responsibility for protecting the two palaces.
The special performance took place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, where the Queen’s Guard hands over its responsibility for protecting both palaces. As the royal fanfare “God Save the Queen” played, and the King’s Troop R.H.A. conducted a ceremonial gun salute, the Band of the Welsh Guards struck up a medley of Tina Turner’s most iconic songs. The selection included “Simply the Best”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, and “Proud Mary”.
These and other tunes by the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll are ingrained in the popular consciousness. Thus, the suitable tribute from the Band of the Welsh Guards was a special way to honor the late music icon. Of course, outdoor performances adhere to UK government guidelines and therefore no audience was present for the ceremony. Nevertheless, with the live stream of the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Facebook, thousands were still able to join in or watch online.
Tina Turner has left an unforgettable mark on the world of music, and King Charles III’s tribute will ensure that her spirit will live on long after her death. Her vibrant energy, passion for life, and powerful sounds will surely remain in our collective memories.