He met some of the most renowned artists of the 20th and 21st centuries: Maria Callas, Marilyn Monroe, Rudolf Nuréyev, Charlie Chaplin, Franck Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor or Brigitte Bardot.
In her autobiography, the British writer Christie Agatha told to buy a car and have dinner with the queen in buckingham They were two of the most exciting moments of his life.
He remembered “the kindness and naturalness” of Elizabeth II, “so small and petite, in a simple black velvet dress embellished with a magnificent jewel”.
From a still-teenage Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, passing through Madonna, to the queen he was introduced to the best known pop starssometimes giving rise to comical scenes.
On December 1, 1997, Elizabeth II, with her impeccable hairstyle and white gloves, was photographed while shaking hands with the Spice Girlswhich wore wide necklines.
In 2005, during a reception in recognition of the British music industry, the monarch asked Eric Clapton if he had been playing the guitar for “a long time”. “He must be about 45 years old,” replied the well-known musician, who was then 59.
On the arm of James Bond
Elizabeth II even had the opportunity to cross paths with fictional characters. In 2012 she was escorted by her best known secret agent, james-bond (played by Daniel Craig), in a short film shot for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. A year later he received an honorary Bafta British Film Award for his performance.
The queen also coincided on several occasions with her double in fiction, the actress Helen Mirren, winner of an Oscar for her performance in queen (2006) and to whom he gave a noble title in 2003.