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not only was the Queen witness to the rise of the biggest musicians of her generation, she also rubbed shoulders with many and even honoured a good number of them.  Pictured with Gary Barlow in 2012.

What was the Queen's favourite song? Queen's cousin reveals Gary Barlow was in her top 10

Elton John and Queen Elizabeth II

Watch Elton John's touching live tribute to Queen Elizabeth II singing 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me'

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral takes place at Westminster Abbey

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral details confirmed: Date, time, location and how to follow live

Queen Elizabeth II's lying in state begins on Wednesday

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The Queen has met an extraordinary number of stars in her time, including Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Tom Jones and Sir Paul McCartney pictured here in 2012.

8 times the Queen met music royalty: Elton John, Tom Jones, Madonna and more

Elton, Rod and Gary share tributes of the Queen

Elton John, Rod Stewart, Gary Barlow and Brian May lead tributes for Queen Elizabeth II

The 73-year love story of Prince Philip and Her Majesty The Queen is one that will be remembered forever. Pictured left, in 1947 and right, in 2007.

When the Queen met Prince Philip: A royal love story in their own words

George Michael's ex-manager recalls how the Careless Whisper singer and The Queen met at a polo match in 1985.

When the Queen asked to meet George Michael: Royal was Wham! fan and 'knew all their hits'

Brian May, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Tom Jones were just some of the legends who performed for the Queen

Remembering The Queen's incredible Golden Jubilee 'Party at the Palace' concert 20 years on

Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96, Buckingham Palace confirms

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Elton and Diana took an instant liking to one another when they first met.

‘Candle In The Wind’: A timeline of Elton John and Princess Diana’s precious friendship

Princess Diana meeting with Duran Duran

What was Princess Diana's favourite music and was Duran Duran really her favourite band?

Prince William selling Big Issues

Prince William spotted quietly selling Big Issue magazines in London

Elton John performs 'Your Song' at the Platinum Jubilee

Watch Elton John's stunning performance of 'Your Song' from the Platinum Jubilee concert in full

Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George

How George, Charlotte and Louis completely stole the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Ed Sheeran performs at Buckingham Palace

Ed Sheeran performs beautiful 'Perfect' at Jubilee pageant in tribute to the Queen's marriage

The Platinum Party at the Palace

Party at the Palace: Queen, Duran Duran, Elton John, Diana Ross and many others put on amazing show