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Sir Paul McCartney fondly remembers Queen Elizabeth


Paul McCartney shared a heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II a day after her passing.

McCartney, 80, who has met the Queen ‘eight or nine times’ and wrote the cheeky 26-second love song ‘Her Majesty’, told fans he was ‘privileged’ to have been alive for Elizabeth’s 70 year reign.

“When I was 10 I entered an essay competition in Liverpool and won my division for my essay on the British Monarchy so I’ve been a long time fan,” he wrote on Facebook. Friday.

He went on to detail how “she impressed me with her great sense of humor combined with great dignity” whenever they saw each other while sharing photos from some of the encounters.

McCartney first met the late Queen in 1965 when the Beatles were awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

“I remember being taken aside and being shown what the correct protocol was. We were told how to approach Her Majesty and not speak to her unless she speaks to us. For four Liverpool lads it was ‘Wow, hey man’.

Whether or not the band will follow Buckingham Palace decorum has never been confirmed. John Lennon later said the band smoked a joint in the palace bathroom before the meeting. McCartney and George Harrison refuted Lennon’s claim, and Ringo Starr said he could not remember.

Queen Elizabeth III talks to the Beatles after a Royal Variety Show at the Prince of Wales Theater in London in 1963.
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The Fab Four bassist then crossed paths with Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall in 1982, he said.

“It was during an event [late wife] Linda [McCartney] and attended a conservation party. Part of the evening included orchestral reworkings of some Beatles songs and I remember talking to Her Majesty about it. She also introduced me back to Prince Philip who said he remembered our previous meeting in the 60’s! “, he wrote.


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A decade and a half later, “The Queen has graciously agreed to open the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on the site of my former school which George Harrison and I attended,” McCartney said.

A year later, the Queen knighted Sir Paul in what he said was “a very proud day for me” and “one of the best days of my life”.

Paul McCartney shows Queen Elizabeth II his paintings during a visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool July 25, 2002.
Paul McCartney shows Queen Elizabeth II his paintings during a visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool July 25, 2002.
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“I felt very honored to be offered the title of Knight and, of course, it would have been rude to refuse it! I remember it was spring and the sky was blue. It was a wonderful day and I remember thinking I had come a long way from a little terraced house in Liverpool!

The “Hey Jude” singer then serenaded the Queen during her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

“As Her Majesty was on stage receiving applause at the end of the show, I joked, ‘Well, I guess that will happen next year then?’ to which she replied, “Not in my garden, it won’t!”

McCartney went on to explain how Elizabeth had attended a painting exhibition he had organized at a gallery in Liverpool that he used to visit with Lennon, and that he had also spoken to her at the celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.

(left to right) Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison receive their MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II on October 26, 1965.
Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison receive their MBEs from Queen Elizabeth II on October 26, 1965.
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“On June 4, 2012, the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and it was so special in so many ways. It was the first time I had played in front of her since her last Jubilee, and seeing everyone stretch out on Pall Mall was brilliant as was meeting other Royals afterwards It was a great weekend to be British.

The last encounter between the towering Britons came in 2018 when McCartney was awarded the Companion of Honor medal.

“I shook her hand, leaned over and said, ‘We have to stop meeting like this’, to which she laughed lightly and continued the ceremony. I wondered if I was a little too cheeky after saying that, after all she was the queen, but I have a feeling she didn’t mind. God bless you. We will miss you.”

New York Post

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