Elton John Remembers Princess Diana 20 Years After Her Death With Sweet Throwback Photo

Elton John and Princess Diana
Elton John and Princess Diana Michael Tullberg/Getty Images; Tim Graham/Getty Images

Goodbye, England’s rose. Elton John is remembering his dear friend Princess Diana 20 years after her death. 

The eight-time Grammy winner shared a throwback photo of him with Princess Diana on Instagram on Thursday, August 31. In the sweet image, the pair is smiling from ear to ear as the musician rests one hand on Diana’s shoulder. The singer wrote in the caption: “20 years ago today, the world lost an angel. #RIP @ejaf.”

20 years ago today, the world lost an angel. #RIP @ejaf

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The “Tiny Dancer” singer’s foundation also posted a photo on its Instagram page commemorating the princess for her efforts in the fight against AIDS. The image featured the late Princess of Wales smiling as she sat next to a man who was fighting the disease. 

“On the 20th anniversary of her death, Elton John AIDS Foundation acknowledges the outstanding contribution that Princess #Diana made to the fight against AIDS, helping keep men like Gerard McGrath alive,” the foundation captioned the powerful photo. “This year, Prince Harry, who carries on Diana’s work in the fight against AIDS, met Gerard with @eltonjohn when they visited London Lighthouse, the place where Diana had met Gerard 28 years ago. #Diana20” they wrote.

Archpriest Magio (R) shakes hands with British rock star Elton John standing next to Princess Diana (L) during the requiem mass for Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace at the Duomoin Milan 22 July 1997.
Archpriest Magio (R) shakes hands with British rock star Elton John standing next to Princess Diana (L) during the requiem mass for Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace at the Duomoin Milan 22 July 1997. GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images

The singer also sat down with Princess Diana’s youngest son, Prince Harry, recently for the ITV documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her passing, which aired HBO on Monday, July 24.

“She had this incredible ability, which you kind of inherited, to make people feel that everything is going to be alright,” John, 70, told the prince as they looked through photos of Diana with AIDS victims. “I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability. But she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. John performed his song “Candle in the Wind 1997” — a reworking of his 1973 tune “Candle in the Wind” — at her funeral on September 6, 1997. The song was re-recorded with many of the lyrics changed to honor Princess Diana’s life and death, and it was the only time he has performed it live.

During an interview with VH1 in 2008, the English superstar said that singing the song at the time was “surreal” for him.

“Me playing at the funeral was one of the most surreal things I have ever done,” he said. “What was going through my mind was: ‘Don’t sing a wrong note. Be stoic. Don’t break down and just do it to the best you can possibly do it without showing any emotion whatsoever.’”

Sir Elton John signing 'Candle In The Wind' at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on September 6, 1997.
Sir Elton John signing 'Candle In The Wind' at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on September 6, 1997. Anwar Hussein/WireImage

He added: “My heart was beating quite a lot, I have to say.”

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