Harry Styles was actually a few hundred miles away from his homeland when news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death was confirmed. The star was playing one of his impressive 15 nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden as part of his “Love on Tour” tour, and led the crowd in a touching moment of applause. In a video from his September 8 show shared to Twitter by @amandathinksso, Styles told the thousands in attendance, “From my homeland there’s some very sad news today, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Please join me in a round of applause for 70 years of service.” He then clapped along with the crowd for around 25 seconds, thanked them, and continued with the show.
Styles was fortunate enough to meet the late monarch before her death, shaking hands with her back in 2012 alongside his then One Direction bandmates, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson, per E! News. “Amazing night.. Can’t believe it,” Styles tweeted after the meeting, which came as the band performed during the prestigious Royal Variety Performance. Styles has also made use of the late monarch’s iconic residence before, as he was spotted filming scenes for his “Late Night Talking” music video outside Buckingham Palace back in February.
As for what’s going on back in Styles’ home country, NBC reports the U.K. has begun 10 days of mourning set to last until Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.