Harry Styles is a proud Brit and paid tribute to his country’s late monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8 after news of her tragic death was published. It was first announced that the Queen’s health had deteriorated that morning, before Buckingham Palace confirmed in a brief statement later in the afternoon that the nation’s longest-reigning monarch had died after 70 years of service, leaving King Charles III to take her place took .
As for Styles, he has now shared his pride for his home country on a number of occasions, including during the 2021 BRIT Awards in London, where he told the crowd (via Irish Mirror), “I continue to be amazed by moments like this. They make me incredibly grateful every day to be able to do this. I’m really happy to be here and proud to be celebrating British music tonight.” The star confirmed to Capital FM in April that he was born in the north of England before living in the capital for around 10 years
So it was only fitting that on such a tragic day for Britain and many others around the world, the former One Direction star took the time to pay a subtle but touching tribute to the beloved 96-year-old monarch.
Harry Styles began a round of applause for the Queen
Harry Styles was actually a few hundred miles from home when news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death was confirmed. The star performed one of his impressive 15 nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden as part of his Love on Tour tour, and led the crowd in a touching moment of applause. In a video from his September 8 show, shared on Twitter by @amandathinksso, Styles told the thousands in attendance: “There is some very sad news from my home country today, the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Please close your mind me a round of applause for 70 years of service.” He then clapped the crowd for about 25 seconds, thanked them, and continued the show.
Styles was lucky enough to meet the late monarch before she died, shaking hands with his then One Direction bandmates Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson in 2012, per E! News. “Amazing night…I can’t believe it,” Styles tweeted after the meetup, which took place as the band performed during the prestigious Royal Variety performance. Styles has also previously used the late monarch’s iconic residence when he was spotted outside Buckingham Palace filming scenes for his music video ‘Late Night Talking’ in February.
NBC reports what’s going on in Style’s home country that a 10-day mourning period has begun in the UK, due to last until the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.