Paul McCartney remembers the first time he met the Queen “down to earth”

Paul McCartney recalled the first time he met Queen Elizabeth II when he was 10 years old in an interview in 2021.

The Queen died yesterday (September 8) at her estate in Ballymoreil, aged 96, ending her 70-year reign.

McCartney shared the memory of his first meeting with the monarch during an interview with CBS last year. “As the coronation approached, there was a competition for all the schools in England,” he recalled. “It was necessary to write an essay on the monarchy and I liked the idea.”

The Beatles star’s essay described the new queen as “our beautiful young queen” and helped her win a “break”. “I was very nervous, because they gave my name,” he said. “I woke up with jelly legs and it was the first time I was on stage.

“I think the thing about the Queen is that she’s royal, so you look up to her like she’s royal. But she’s down to earth.” See an excerpt from the interview above.

McCartney is one of many entertainers who have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II since news of her death broke last night. “God bless Queen Elizabeth II,” he wrote on Twitter. “May he rest in peace. Long live the King.”

Elton John also paid tribute to the monarch during his concert last night in Toronto. “She was an inspirational presence, I was around her and she was amazing,” he told the crowd during the concert at the city’s Rogers Centre. “He led the country through some of our greatest and darkest times with grace, decency and genuine care and warmth.”

In New York, Harry Styles led his audience at Madison Square Garden in a round of applause for the Queen, announcing her “70 years of service.”

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