Paul McCartney fondly remembers his encounters with the Queen, including one ‘too cheeky’ comment

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Sir Paul McCartney fondly remembered the late Queen Elizabeth II in a lengthy Facebook post on Friday. He also shared some photos from their various encounters.

The 80-year-old McCartney met the Queen “eight or nine times” and was also the songwriter of the Beatles’ 26-second love song “Her Majesty.”

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

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He recalled how “She impressed me with her great sense of humor coupled with great dignity.”

The first time the two met was in 1065, when The Beatles were awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

“I remember being taken apart and shown the proper protocol. We were told how to approach Her Majesty and not talk to her unless she talks to us. For four Liverpool boys it was, ‘Wow, hey man.’”

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They then met in 1982 at the Royal Albert Hall, McCartney said.

“It was at an event” [late wife] Linda [McCartney] and I attended called An Evening for Conservation. Part of the evening included some reworkings of some Beatles songs for orchestra and I remember talking to Her Majesty about it. She also reintroduced me to Prince Philip, who said he remembered our last meeting in the 1960s!” he wrote.

A decade and a half later, the Queen graciously agreed to open the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on the site of my old school where George Harrison and myself 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 his paintings to Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on 25 July 2002.

“I was very honored to be offered a knighthood and of course it would have been rude to turn it down! I remember it was spring and the sky was blue. It was a beautiful day and I remember thinking I would come a long way from a small terraced house in Liverpool!”

The McCartney key was also in effect during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

“While Her Majesty was on stage to receive applause at the end of the show, I joked, ‘Well, I guess this will happen next year?’ to which she replied: ‘Not in my garden it will not!’”

(left to right) Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison receive their MBEs (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II on October 26, 1965.

“On June 4, 2012, the Queen was due to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee and it was so special in many ways. This was the first time I performed for her since her last anniversary, and it was great to see all the people in Pall Mall stretching out, as well as meeting other members of the royal family afterward. It was a great weekend to be British.”

The last meeting took place in 2018 when McCartney was awarded the Companion of Honor medal.

“I shook her hand, leaned forward and said, ‘We must stop meeting this way,’ to which she giggled a little and went on with the ceremony. I wondered if I wasn’t being too cheeky after saying this, this was The Queen after all, but I have a feeling she didn’t mind. God bless you. You will be missed.”