There was nothing holding him back as Shawn Mendes took the stage at the Queen's 92nd birthday celebration, a concert billed The Queen's Birthday Party that aired on BBC One on Saturday (April 21). The Canadian star was in good company at Royal Albert Hall, not only with Royal Family members like Princes William and Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Charles, but also fellow performers Sting, Sir Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue, to name a few.
What an honour, such an incredible night ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GHaBQiUCKS
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) April 21, 2018
The 19-year-old belted out his brand new single, "In My Blood," on a stage lit with beautiful floral projections. Shawn wore a slick brown suit with a crisp white shirt underneath and strummed his guitar confidently. The Toronto-born performer shared some of his favourite moments from the night on social media, tweeting a photo from his performance with the caption: "What an honour, such an incredible night." On Instagram, he shared his excitement over chatting with Sting, saying "Such a pleasure!"
The previous evening, Shawn performed for an audience of screaming fans at BBC's live music series Sounds Like Friday Night. The chart topper warmed up his vocals on his new single ahead of his brush with royalty. This is an exciting time for Shawn, who is expected to release his third album soon. "In My Blood" was the first single on the record, followed by "Lost In Japan."
He was also named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people, alongside Queen's birthday attendee Meghan Markle, whose friend Priyanka Chopra wrote about her influence. John Mayer, who shared the stage with Shawn in Toronto, gushed that, "His enthusiasm is boundless and infectious, probably because of the fact that he gets better by the day."
But performing on the Her Majesty's big day is surely on for the books. This is one of Queen Elizabeth's two birthdays, the second of which falls in June. The centuries-old tradition has everything to do with the weather, giving monarchs not born in the summer months the opportunity to celebrate outdoors without fear of catching cold. This year's Trooping the Colour - the festive parade and flypast that marks the royal's second birthday and is a true highlight of the royal calendar - will take place on June 8.