One of the iconic moments of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations goes to a man from Cornwall. The moment Sir Elton John, a personal friend of the Royal Family, sang his classic hit Your Song, which was screened on Buckingham Palace as part of the four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations, was made possible by to a man of the duchy.
Chris Yacoubian may live in the quiet village of Paul behind Mousehole, near Penzance, but he’s no stranger to working with celebrities around the world. As director of photography, he shot Elton John’s special interview with Graham Norton at the singer’s home in Nice on the French Riviera a few years ago. He also filmed Sir Cliff Richard’s interview at his vineyard in Portugal and the Idris Elba Meets Paul McCartney show for the BBC two years ago.
A few weeks ago Sir Elton’s management team approached Chris again to do something for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the result was the artist’s poignant and moving song and deeply personal message. to Her Majesty. “People don’t necessarily appreciate the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes for something like this,” Chris said. “But it was a moment in history that I’m glad I was a part of.”
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He added: “Elton John wanted to do something personal for the Queen but he knew he would be away over Jubilee weekend so he offered to sing his song Your Song and film the Windsor Castle performance. in the Queen’s favorite room which is the Crimson Drawing Room. I went up to Windsor Castle and set up three cameras and the lighting for the filming.
“Elton sang his song, wished Her Majesty the best and dedicated the song to her and thanked the Queen for all her hard work over the years. He then asked if he could speak to the person who had done the lighting and filming, so I ended up having five minutes with him.
Chris said Sir Elton shook his hand and also thanked him for his work and cracked a few jokes for what was a special moment. He added: “Elton was very friendly and relaxed. It’s his territory. He doesn’t live very far and his children go to school nearby. He enjoyed the magnitude of the moment. It was very special.
Sir Elton’s tribute to the Queen was part of a giant concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening – the third day of the four-day Jubilee weekend – attended by thousands of people gathered in the Mall and members of the royal family too. The concert was also projected onto the facade of the palace.
In his message to the Queen, Sir Elton said: “Your Majesty. Congratulations on an incredible 70 years as a ruling monarch. It was an amazing journey for you. And you’ve been such a big part of my life since I was a kid until now. I wanted to record something for you somewhere you like. So here we are in the Red Drawing Room of Windsor Castle. I thought this would be the perfect place to pay homage to your incredible reign, and may you reign long.
The taping took place on May 10 in complete secrecy and it took weeks before everything was cleared by The Palace and the folks at Sir Elton. Chris added: “The shoot took about an hour, but it was a full day. All my equipment was searched there and back by the police. It was quite intense. Everything had to be approved by the Palace, the lighting, the appearance, everything. It was quite a long process. But the end result is quite spectacular.