Rod Stewarts devastating 48 hours after family loss and Queens death

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Sir Rod Stewart, 78, faced double heartache following the Queen and his brother’s deaths in the same week last year.

The rockstar took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share his sad family news as he paid tribute to the monarch, who died aged 96, on September 8.

At the time, he wrote: “It has been a devastating 48 hours.

“My brother Don passed on Tuesday at 94 and today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 96.

“Like Don, the Queen has been a presence all through my life as a great unifier.

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“A shining star that will never fade in our hearts and souls.”

The Maggie May hitmaker also said it was “a privilege” to perform for the Queen at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations and went on to send his “deepest sympathies” to the Royal Family.

In celebration of her 70 years on the throne, the singer belted out his hits Baby Jane and a cover of Sweet Caroline.

Sir Rod initially thought he would have to pull out of the performance due to losing his voice in the wake of catching Covid.

His wife Penny Lancaster later told her Loose Women panellists: “He lost his voice, so the sound check on the Wednesday, he went along and for precaution he wore a mask, but had no voice.

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“He went for another rehearsal on the Friday. It was touch and go. His voice is there now, but it wasn’t quite on, but he didn’t want to disappoint everybody.

“It wasn’t the Rod Stewart show,” she added. “It was the show for the nation, for the Queen, for everyone to come together.

“He wanted to please people and that was the song.”

Thankfully Rod recovered just in time for the gig, after isolating for 10 days.

Ahead of his performance, he expressed his “pride” at growing up with the Queen on the throne.

On being asked to perform for her celebration, he told BBC News: “It’s pride, it’s pride in being British, it’s the pageantry, the romance.

“I mean, I’ve grown up with this woman, you know, I was seven when when she came to the throne, so she’s always been part of my life, you know, and the fact that I’ve met her on several occasions makes it even more important for me.”

Just two months after his double heartache, Rod announced that another one of his brothers, Bob, had also died.

In a heartfelt statement on his Instagram page in November, he wrote: “It’s with great sadness that I announce the loss of my brother Bob last night, who joins my brother Don on the great football pitch in the sky.

“I’ve lost two of my best mates in the space of two months. RIP Don and Bob ‘irreplaceable buddies’.”

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