Rod Stewart left Queen ‘terrified’ and ‘uncomfortably worried’ at charity show

Ahead of the Queen’s platinum jubilee, Rod Stewart recalls a hilarious encounter he once had with Queen Elizabeth, who he thought looked “terrified”.

The Queen meets Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster during a reception and awards ceremony.
The Queen meets Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster during a reception and awards ceremony.

Royals, celebrities and members of the public have gathered to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee and those lucky enough to meet her during her 70-year reign are remembering this special day.

Among them is Rod Stewart, who took to social media to post a sweet tribute and photos of their meetings throughout the year.

And the Maggie May hitmaker also shared a hilarious story about a slightly awkward moment when he was invited to perform some of his songs for the Queen at a charity event.

Rod didn’t hesitate to be a part of something Her Majesty was a part of, but he recalls being incredibly nervous about gracing the stage and performing to royalty – and we don’t blame him!

“It was without a doubt the most jittery I’ve ever had,” he wrote.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart



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Apparently, the queen seemed just as “terrified” as the 77-year-old, terrified of what Rod would sing from his extensive discography – some of which can be a bit rude.

“Her Majesty also looked a bit scared, I think she thought I was playing a loud version of ‘Hot Legs’ or something (!)” Rod continued.

“But I didn’t and instead chose ‘What a Wonderful World’ from my American Song Book collection.

“Her Majesty smiled and looked extremely relieved.”

Rod released his 32nd studio album The Tears of Hercules in November 2021.

A four-day celebration is planned for the Queen’s anniversary


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Rod recalls the Queen looking much calmer as she heard the song choices



The project debuted at number five on the Official Albums Chart Top 100, becoming his first release since 2018’s Blood Red Roses.

Ahead of the album’s release, Rod launched a huge promotional campaign which included an interview on ITV’s Loose Women where he was joined by his wife Penny Lancaster.

Aside from discussing his new music, the rock icon didn’t hold back as she admitted his relationship with his partner took an unusual turn when Penny hit menopause.

Rod claimed her symptoms had gotten so bad he didn’t even recognize the woman he married.

He said: “It was scary because that really wasn’t the person I married.

“We were talking about what I think is the most important thing a couple can do and she tearfully explained it to me because Penny likes to cry and talked it through and that’s what couples need to do.

“Men have to deal with it, understand it and come out the other end.”

His daughter Kimberly Stewart announced her engagement to music producer Jesse Shapira earlier this year.

The couple had been together for three years before Jesse popped the question, with a photo of the special occasion later being posted to Kimberly’s Instagram page.

Her caption read, “Forever.”

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