Heathrow Airport staff pay tribute to music legend Freddie Mercury in honor of his birthday

Today marks the late Freddie Mercury's birthday. The singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of rock band Queen would have turned 72.

To commemorate his birthday, the baggage handlers at British Airways celebrated by performing one of his greatest hits at the airport. 

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. A video clip of their performance was shared on Twitter and YouTube and can be seen below as well. 

Before Mercury rose to fame, he was a baggage handler too, known as Farrokh Bulsara. The British Airways employees affectionately refer to him as their "ex-colleague."

One of the baggage handlers said: "We've been working very hard for the last two weeks. Can't wait to show it off to the public."

Keen travelers have also observed that arrival boards at Heathrow airport had Queen song titles instead of flight information. 

The airport will also allow all passengers named Freddy, Frederick or Farrokh to enjoy their luxurious first class lounge for today only.

Baggage manager Virinder Bansal told the press that Mercury was "a truly British icon" and the crew hope that passengers at Terminal 5 enjoy their performance. 

Their performance also sets the tone for "Bohemian Rhapsody," a film about Mercury's life which will be released next month. 

A marching band from Ohio State University also performed a set with intricate choreography during the half-time of their football game over the weekend.

 

Queen guitarist Brian May was blown away by the performance and wrote on Twitter: "This is truly amazing! What an incredible amount of work went into this performance."

Apart from working with Queen, Mercury also pursued a solo career and released two albums with singles such as "I Can Hear Music," and "Goin' Back."

Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in the late eighties, and passed away at the age of 45 on November 24, 1991, at his Kensington home. 

His funeral service was held at the West London Crematorium and his coffin was carried into the chapel while Aretha Franklin's "Precious Lord Take My Hand" played.