‘If I mess up that’ll be what I’m remembered for’: Brian May recalls his terror at performing at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and admits he BROKE royal protocol

Brian May has recalled his terror at performing God Save The Queen solo live on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

The Queen guitarist, 75, revealed he broke royal protocol when she subsequently didn’t recognise him.

According to the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential column, Brian said of the 2002 performance: ‘It was very, very frightening.

Performance: Brian May has recalled his terror at performing God Save The Queen solo live on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations (pictured in 2002)

‘[I thought] if I mess up God Save The Queen in front of a billion people [on TV], that will be what I am [remembered] for the rest of my life — the guy who messed up.’

Happily, he didn’t — and a few weeks later was presented to the monarch along with fellow guitar legends, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.

He said: ‘There was a silence. And of course, protocol says you’re not allowed to open a conversation with the monarch, but I thought, someone has to say something.

‘So I said, “Very happy to meet you, Ma’am — I’m the guy who was standing on your roof.” And she said, “Oh, that was you, was it?” ‘

Brian said: ‘[I thought] if I mess up God Save The Queen in front of a billion people [on TV], that will be what I am [remembered] for the rest of my life — the guy who messed up’ (the Queen pictured in 2018)

Her Majesty did invite him to her Platinum Jubilee bash nevertheless.

Speaking previously about his nerves on The One Show, Brian said: ‘It still gives me chills, that little rush because the adrenaline was insane and I thought to myself: ‘I am never going to be afraid of anything again’.”

People say: “Were you scared of falling off?” No, I was scared of being the guy who f***** it up on top of Buckingham Palace with a billion people watching. It was totally live and totally dangerous!’

All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to Balmoral on Thursday after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. Hours later she died, surrounded by her family.

Rules: A few weeks later was presented to the monarch along with fellow guitar legends, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and broke protocol (pictured with Adam Lambert in June 2022)

At 6.30pm Thursday her death was confirmed. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow’.

Charles, the King, said: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’

Show: Her Majesty did invite him to her Platinum Jubilee bash nevertheles (pictured with Adam Lambert in June 2022)

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