Elton's Royal Recording Session

Elton John performed last week at London's Buckingham Palace -- but Queen Elizabeth II was not at home to hear him. The singer recorded a song to be played at a concert in honor of the queen's Golden

Elton John performed last week at London's Buckingham Palace -- but Queen Elizabeth II was not at home to hear him. The singer recorded a song to be played at a concert in honor of the queen's Golden Jubilee on June 3. John will be on tour and unable to perform at the show, which will be held on the palace grounds.

"Elton was disappointed that he couldn't be at the concert on June 3, and he wanted to do something special," a spokesperson said on condition of anonymity. The spokesperson said John filmed a video in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, but did not say which song the star recorded.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were not at the palace at the time. The 76-year-old monarch is marking 50 years on the throne with a series of public events around the country, including a long weekend of parades, parties and concerts in London June 1-4.

Two concerts -- one classical and one pop -- will be held on the palace lawn. The pop concert will feature stars such as Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, and Eric Clapton. More than a million people have entered a ballot for the 12,000 free tickets for each show.

In other news, last month John re-recorded his 1971 single, "Your Song," in New York with Italian opera star Alessandro Safina. The song received its premiere on BBC Radio 2 on Friday, and will be released July 1 in the U.K. Proceeds from the single will benefit Sport Relief, a joint venture between BBC Sport and Comic Relief that will raise money to help disadvantaged children.


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