Ed Sheeran's funny revelation about why the Queen looked so delighted to meet him

The pop star met the Queen for the first time back in 2012 - during her Diamond Jubilee concert

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran has given us a funny insight into why the Queen looked so delighted to meet him 10 years ago - despite not even knowing who he was.

The four-time Grammy award-winning star, who became the first artist to hit 100 million followers on Spotify earlier this year, appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and spoke about his first meeting with the Queen, who passed away, aged 96, last month. 

Ed's first meeting with the Queen came at her Diamond Jubilee concert, just after he released his first single, and according to him, she didn't know who he was - however it was another famous person in the lineup who made her laugh.

Ed Sheeran Queen

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The Shape of You singer, who opened up about his relationship with Cherry Seaborn last year, said about his meeting with the late Queen: "This is a fun picture because she was smiling when she met me. That was really, really early stages of my career. I had released, like, one hit single, and I was playing her Jubilee."

He went on to say that Kylie Minogue introduced him to the Queen, who didn't respond with a smile until someone else intervened: "But I was next to a really famous comedian who like cracked a joke while she was shaking my hand. So I've got this picture of her delighted to see me."

The comedian is unknown, but Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon and Lee Mack were also booked to perform at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee show - and we can just imagine the Queen giggling at any of their jokes.

In 2012 Ed Sheeran had just released the smash hit single A Team - and also performed alongside Jessie J, Paul McCartney and Elton John at the concert. The singer went on to perform again at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee concert, by which time we're sure knew who the singer was.

Ed, who is currently on a tour of North America, also spoke about his close relationship with Elton John, while on the US chat show, and how he gifted him a very large 'naughty' present.

The pair have been friends for years, with Ed telling Smooth radio last year that Elton is a 'mentor': "From the beginning, he’s been like 'anytime you want to call me, anytime you need advice'. American radio wouldn’t play me, so he flew over there to play a private gig for them, to make sure that they play me.

"And the Grammys wouldn’t put me on, so he made sure he played the Grammys with me to have me on. Throughout my career, he’s been the guy that has nudged it an extra inch. And now I’m at a point in my career where I feel like, not equals, cause he’s had such a long career, but I ring literally on a daily basis, like literally every single day, even if it’s for two minutes."

Sarah Finley

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