Harry Styles leads New York concert audience in applause for the Queen

Watch: Harry Styles pays tribute to Queen at New York concert

Harry Styles encouraged concert-goers to join him in a round of applause for the Queen as he took to the stage in New York.

The former One Direction heartthrob was opening the show at Madison Square Garden when he paused to reflect on the late monarch, who died on Thursday (8 September) at the age of 96.

"From my homeland, there was some very sad news today, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II," he told the crowd.

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“Please join me in a round of applause for 70 years of service."

Harry Styles performing on the main stage during the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at the War Memorial Park in Coventry. Picture date: Sunday May 29, 2022.
Harry Styles paid tribute to the Queen while he was onstage. (PA)

Styles then raised his arms above his head and started a long clap, along with the fans at the 20,000-capacity venue.

Some cheered and whistled as they paid their respects to Her Majesty.

“Thank you, Madison Square Garden!" Styles said as the applause came to an end.

The monarch's death was announced on Thursday evening, with Buckingham Palace announcing that she "died peacefully at Balmoral".

TV channels have altered broadcasts in the wake of her death, with some programmes being cancelled and special tributes airing.

Harry Styles performs on NBC's Today at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City
Harry Styles led applause for the Queen. (PA)

Countless stars have also paid tribute to the late monarch.

QI star Stephen Fry said on Twitter that he was "sobbing" at the news while Dame Helen Mirren - who played the Queen on the big screen and on the stage - said she was “proud to be an Elizabethan”.

"We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility," she wrote on Instagram.

Sir Elton John said he was "deeply saddened" at the news.

He wrote on Instagram: "She was an inspiring presence to be around and led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace, decency and a genuine caring warmth."

File photo dated 31/5/2018 of Queen Elizabeth II during a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London, and wearing sunglasses after successful surgery to remove a cataract from one of her eyes. The Queen was in robust health for most of her life and seldom took time off during her lengthy reign and illnesses were few and far between over the years. Issue date: Thursday September 8, 2022.
The Queen died at the age of 96. (PA)

Piers Morgan said the late royal was "the greatest Monarch in history, and the greatest of Britons".

"Dignified, humble, wise, stoic, and dedicated to duty & service to the country she loved," he said on Instagram.

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"Thank you for everything, Ma’am. We will be forever indebted to you."