Elton John Claimed He Once Saw The Queen Playfully Slap Her Nephew While Saying "Don't Argue With Me, I'm The Queen"

    "[The Queen] saw me staring at her, gave me a wink and walked off."

    Elton John claims that he saw Queen Elizabeth II playfully slap her nephew Viscount Linley across the face after he ignored her request to check on his ill sister.

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    According to an extract from his upcoming autobiography Me, the moment happened at a royal party that the singer attended.


    Saying that the Queen "could be hilarious" in private, John recounts that the monarch had asked her nephew to check on his sister, who had become ill during the party.

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    But when Linley "tried to fob her off", the Queen allegedly "lightly slapped" her nephew across the face and said: "Don't argue with me, I am the Queen!"

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    "That seemed to do the trick," John writes of the occasion. "As [Linley] left, [the Queen] saw me staring at her, gave me a wink and walked off."

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    John doesn't give any other details of the party or an indication of when it took place. Representatives for Buckingham Palace declined to comment when approached by BuzzFeed News.

    Continuing to recount royal stories, John further claims that he once danced with the Queen and Princess Anne at Prince Andrew's 21st birthday party, which was held at Windsor Castle.

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    According to John, he was scheduled to perform, but a disco was held in the ballroom beforehand. However, because the Queen was in attendance and "no one wanted to cause any offence to the royal sensibilities", the music was turned down so it could barely be heard.

    "The disco was turned down about as low as you could get without switching it off altogether," John writes. "You could literally hear your feet moving around on the floor over the music."

    Alleging that the Queen appeared during "Rock Around the Clock", John continues: "I was trying to dance as inaudibly as possible with Princess Anne and the Queen — still holding her handbag — while what appeared to be the world's quietest disco played Bill Haley."

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    He adds: "I tried my best to come up with a facial expression that suggested this was a perfectly normal state of affairs."

    John's autobiography, Me, will be released Oct. 15.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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