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Sir Elton John Is Set To Visit Parliament

The award-winning singer famous for songs such as Rocket Man and Your Song will play the piano in Speakers House

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Exclusive: Sir Elton John is set to visit Parliament in November to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS, PoliticsHome understands.

The award-winning singer, famous for songs such as "Rocket Man" and "Your Song", is set to visit Speaker's House, the official residence of Lindsay Hoyle, the current Speaker.

It will come ahead of World HIV and AIDS day on 1 December. His charity, the Sir Elton John AIDS foundation, was set up in 1992 and has raised more than $500million for individuals with or vulnerable to the virus.

The pop legend was expected to perform his last ever UK gig at Glastonbury on Sunday 25 June, closing the festival on the Pyramid Stage. In a statement, he said there was “no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans” than bow out at the UK’s biggest festival.

It was billed as his last ever UK date before Sir Elton retires from touring. His final Yellow Brick Road tour has broken records after taking home more than £600million. 

Sir Elton is finishing up on his final few gigs in Britain as he embarks on his worldwide Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. The tour, which began in 2018, has consisted of more than 300 gigs over five continents.

Its name comes from his best-selling album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road released in 1973 which includes singles such as Candle in the Wind and Bernie and the Jets.

Sir Elton John's management was contacted for comment. A spokesperson for the Speaker's Office declined to comment.

"The APPG on HIV and AIDS are in the process of planning a reception in Speakers House to honour Sir Elton John for his work in the fight against HIV and AIDS over the past 40 years," a spokesperson told PoliticsHome

More details are expected to be released in the coming weeks. 

Update: PoliticsHome understands Sir Elton John is not currently set to be performing at the event. An earlier version of this post stated he would.

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