… well it’s my birthday too, yay!”
13 June 2012
Sir Paul McCartney was last seen in front of Buckingham Palace, performing for the Queen. His next scheduled appearance will be at the opening of the Olympics. “A couple of extremely patriotic moments,” says McCartney. “But that’s all right. I’m a patriot.”
McCartney sees nothing unusual in celebrating the Jubilee with a rock concert. “She is the rock’n’roll queen,” he jokes. “Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II it’s gonna be the Beatles.”
McCartney remembers watching her coronation on TV as “an impressionable 10-year-old” in 1953. “To kids of our generation, she was a very attractive young woman, taking on this huge responsibility. She seemed very human. We all felt really proud of her. She’s fabulous. I’ve got a lot of time for her.”
The Beatles recorded McCartney’s song Her Majesty, in which he expresses unrequited love for the head of state. “It’s just a cheeky little song. It sort of sums up how things have changed, doesn’t it? You can write songs like that and not get sent to the Tower…
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