Sir Paul McCartney fondly remembers Queen Elizabeth

Paul McCartney shared a heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II the next day her death.

McCartney, 80, who met the Queen “eight or nine times” and wrote the Beatles’ cheeky 26-second love song “Her MajestyHe told fans he was ‘lucky’ to be alive throughout Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

“When I was 10, I entered an essay competition in Liverpool and won my oath for my essay on British monarchy So I’ve been a fan of it for a long time,” he wrote on Facebook on Friday.

He then went on to detail how “she impressed me with her great sense of humor mixed with great dignity” every time they saw each other while sharing photos of some get-together.

McCartney indicated that he was trained on how to interact with the late queen In 1965 the Beatles were awarded the British Empire’s most prestigious medal.

“I remember we were taken aside and shown the proper protocol. We were told how to treat Her Majesty and not talk to her unless she spoke to us. For the four boys from Liverpool, it was like, ‘Wow, man.'”

It has not been confirmed whether the group followed the behavior of Buckingham Palace or not. John Lennon later stated to the band smokes knuckle In the palace bath before the meeting. McCartney and George Harrison refuted Lennon’s claim and Ringo Starr said he does not remember.

Queen Elizabeth III speaks to the Beatles after a Royal Variety show at the Prince of Wales Theater in London in 1963.
Queen Elizabeth III speaks to the Beatles after a Royal Variety show at the Prince of Wales Theater in London in 1963.
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He said the guitarist Fab Four then crossed paths with Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall in 1982.

“He was at an event [late wife] Linda [McCartney] I attended an evening entitled to save. Part of the evening included some orchestral reruns of some of the Beatles’ songs and I remember chatting with Her Majesty about it. It also reintroduced me to Prince Philip who said he remembered our previous meeting in the 60’s! “, Wrote.


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

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

Paul McCartney shows Queen Elizabeth II his paintings during a visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on July 25, 2002.
Paul McCartney shows Queen Elizabeth II his paintings during a visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on July 25, 2002.
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“I felt so proud to be awarded a knighthood and of course it was rude to refuse it! I remember it was spring and the sky was blue. It was a great day and I remember thinking I had come a long way from a little house on the balcony in Liverpool!”

The “Hey Jude” singer then performed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Concert in 2002.

While Her Majesty was on stage receiving applause at the end of the show, I joked, ‘Well, I guess this will happen next year then? ‘ She replied, ‘Not in my garden, it wouldn’t happen!’

McCartney then explained how Elizabeth had attended a painting exhibition he hosted at the Liverpool Gallery he was visiting with Lennon, and that he had also spoken to her at the Arts Ceremony at the Royal Academy of Arts.

(from left to right) Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison receiving MBEs (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 an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II on October 26, 1965.
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“On June 4, 2012 the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and that was special in many ways. It was the first time I had performed in front of her since her last jubilee, and it was great to see all the people stretching out at Pall Mall, as was the other members of the The royal family then. It’s been a great weekend to be British.”

The last meeting between the two Britons came in 2018 when McCartney was awarded the Companion of Honor.

“I shook her hand, and I leaned in and said, ‘We have to stop meeting like this,'” I laughed a little and went on partying. I wondered if I was so rude after I said this, after all she was the Queen, but I have a feeling she doesn’t mind. Have mercy. God, we will miss you.”

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