Ed Sheeran has revealed he only learned to play the guitar 20 years ago thanks to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Ed Sheeran (31) is about to make a big appearance: The British singer-songwriter will sing his song “Perfect” on Sunday (June 5) at the platinum throne jubilee pageant for Queen Elizabeth II (96). Meanwhile, giant screens will show photos from the Queen’s 73-year marriage to her late husband Prince Philip (1921-2021). Ed Sheeran has now revealed in advance that he only learned to play the guitar thanks to the Golden Jubilee 20 years ago.

Captioning a photo of himself shaking hands with the Queen, he wrote on Instagram: “20 years ago I decided to pick up a guitar because I was watching the Golden Jubilee on TV and I saw Eric Clapton playing ‘Layla’ and I said : ‘I want to do that too’.” At the Diamond Jubilee ten years later he appeared with his song “The A Team”. And now, again ten years later, “I’m playing at the Platinum Jubilee this Sunday”. “Life is strange how it always comes full circle in a wonderful way,” he continued.

Aside from “The A Team,” Sheeran’s best-known songs include “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” and “Shivers.” On his ” -=÷x” tour, the Briton is also making a stop in Germany this year: the 31-year-old will be honoring us with several shows in July and September.