Andrew Lloyd Webber says paying respects to Queen at Buckingham Palace was the least I could do.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said he “diverted” his trip to lay flowers outside Buckingham Palace to pay his respects to the Queen on Thursday.

The acclaimed composer added that this is “absolutely the right thing to do”.

Lloyd Webber traveled to Her Majesty’s Theater in London on Thursday (September 8) amid news that the Queen had died at Balmoral Castle aged 96.

Speaking of paying his respects to the monarch, the 74-year-old said BBC breakfast: “Just a few weeks earlier I was on stage in front of the bars of Buckingham Palace at the anniversary concert.

“Having had the good fortune, joy and privilege of knowing Her Majesty a little over the past 20 to 30 years, I figured that was the least I could do.

“I was ironically on my way to Her Majesty’s Theatre, which will of course now be His Majesty’s Theatre, but I detoured and my wife, I and our daughter all met us at the gates.

“I just felt it was absolutely the right thing to do. She was the most extraordinary person and we will never see anything like it again.

“One of the things she represents for our generation is stability. She just represented a force for good, which was really, really extraordinary. We all know how passionately she believed in the Commonwealth and I think that speaks volumes about what she truly represented to people around the world.”

The Queen and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Apollo Theatre, Victoria, London, 1984 (Ron Bell/PA)

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In 2012, Take That’s Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow composed the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee single “Sing”.

He shared an anecdote about the Queen visiting his home in Berkshire to listen to the song, saying: “She was in the Newbury area where I live, one of her great joys was going to Newbury Racecourse , where I had met her several times.

Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Gary Barlow (Ian West/PA)

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“It was arranged that she would come and hear the song with Gary and I and a choir we put together of riders, race trainers and jockeys.

“It was great fun, we had a lovely night and we also played some Rodgers and Hammerstein era songs because she loved the musicals when she was a teenager, it was a magical night.”

Lloyd Webber said he couldn’t put into words how “extraordinary” the Queen was, but said: “I’m just so lucky to have only met her a couple of times”.

The Queen meets Andrew Lloyd Webber at Buckingham Palace in 2014 (Image: David Crumb/Daily Mail/PA)

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He added: “Especially when I was lucky enough to see her off duty, she was so warm and so wonderful.

“She came to our house once and you know what the kids did, it was so naughty of them and they were old enough to know better but they put football shirts in front of the windows when she passed and the Queen said: ‘Do you usually put your laundry in front of the window?’

“She had this extraordinary way of calming people down.” Andrew Lloyd Webber says paying respects to Queen at Buckingham Palace was the least I could do.


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