Paul McCartney and the Queen of England go way back. In 1963 The Beatles played for the Royal Variety Show. That’s where John said the cheeky thing about people in the cheap seats clapping along and those in the upper class could rattle their jewelry. Pretty edgy for 1963…in front of Her Majesty.
The lads got to meet the Queen Mum that night.
The next year, Queen Elizabeth invited them to her birthday party. How do you say no to the Queen? All four showed up. Then the next year, 1965, the Fabs met up with the Queen at Buckingham Palace to get their metals. They made the list of honorees for an M.B.E., Member of the British Empire. When the forms arrived by mail, they thought they were being drafted by the military. Shades of Elvis. Some generals were insulted that these four long haired rock and rollers were honored, and a few years later John returned his to the Queen in protest of war and Britain’s involvement in Biafra.
Then, speaking of cheeky, the closed their final album with a wee bit of a song for Her Royal Highness.
Over the years Sir Paul and the Queen have met up in London and Liverpool for art exhibit openings, school dedications and other civic events, and, oh yeah, the “Sir Paul” thingy came about when the Queen Knighted the Beatle. Again, they go way back. So it was no surprise that Sir Paul was the show closer for the all star cast that performed for the Queen and thousands of her subjects at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London. What a party! Paul will be throwing a party for his 70th birthday in a few days (the 18th). Don’t know if the Queen is invited, but you are invited to tune in to Breakfast With The Beatles, Sunday, June 17th from 8 till 10 AM as we go all Paul in celebration of his 70th!
But here’s Sir Paul’s concert for the Queen.