Brian May Admits Breaking The Royal Protocol During The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations


Brian May recently spoke to the Daily Mail and recalled a memory with Queen Elizabeth II from their 2002 performance on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

There have been many memorable moments in Brian May’s career, one of which was his performance on the roof of Buckingham Palace in 2002. It’s been 20 years since Brian May played the national anthem on his electric guitar on the top of Buckingham Palace to kick off Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. His fans continue to cherish the memorable moment.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at 96 on September 8, and she is now known as the world’s longest-serving monarch. After her death, many artists expressed their condolences. Legends such as Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Nicks paid their tributes to the queen. Brian May also shared a memory about the Queen in his latest interview.

During his conversation with Daily Mail, May recalled the show he put on the roof of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002 and shared his conflicting feelings about the performance. May revealed how frightening that moment was for him.

The guitarist said he was horrified because he believed that if he made a mistake, he would be disgraced and always remembered as ‘the guy who messed up.’ May shared that there was a silence at some point, and even though the protocol had told him not to open a conversation with the monarch, he couldn’t stand the silence. So, Brian May told Queen that he was glad to meet her and described himself as the guy on the roof.

Here is Brian May’s memory with Queen in 2002:

“It was very, very frightening. I thought if I mess up God Save The Queen in front of a billion people on TV, that will be what I am for the rest of my life — the guy who messed up. 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?'”

But things didn’t go wrong, and Queen Elizabeth replied to May. Brian May didn’t mess up the performance as he feared, and a few weeks later, he properly met the monarch with other names like Eric Clapton and Jeff Back. Later, she invited him to her Platinum jubilee.