Rod Stewart says he was forced to sing Sweet Caroline after viewers accuse him of 'murdering song'

Sir Rod performed in front of a 22,000 strong crowd at Buckingham Palace on Saturday

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Sir Rod Stewart said he was forced to sing Sweet Caroline after viewers accused him of ruining the song.

The iconic singer performed for thousands of fans during his set at the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, an event which took place to mark the Queen’s 70 years of reign.

Among those in attendance at Buckingham Palace included Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

Sir Rod Stewart performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace
Sir Rod Stewart performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace
Sir Rod was slammed for his rendition of Sweet Caroline
Sir Rod was slammed for his rendition of Sweet Caroline

During his set, Sir Rod was accused of murdering Sweet Caroline, with fans saying he sounded off key.

One fan wrote: "Rod Stewart cringeworthy,”

While another added: "God sake, someone please make Rod Stewart stop!!!!”

A third person said: "Time to hang up the microphone Rod.”

But speaking to the 22,000 strong crowd in attendance, the 77-year-old defended his performance by saying: "The BBC made me sing this one."

The Queen brought the house down at her own party when she was joined for a cream tea by Paddington Bear to open up the show.

Her Majesty revealed she shares Paddington’s love of marmalade sandwiches and keeps an emergency stash in her trademark handbag.

The film was shown as the star-studded party in the shadow of Buckingham Palace began, and the Queen and her furry guest had a novel way of introducing the first act – tapping out the beat of Queen’s We Will Rock You on China teacups.

Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor paid tribute to the monarch, who did not attend the party, before they took to the stage, describing her as an “incredible woman” and hinting at the Paddington moment said she was a “very good sport”.

Thousands queued in The Mall for much of the day for the musical tribute which saw Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, George Ezra, and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder take to the stage.