From U.S. presidents to Lady Gaga, Queen Elizabeth II has met leading politicians and artists from around the world during her record-breaking reign.
There was a despised dictator, and there was a world-famous guitarist with whom she had polite conversations. Regardless of her personality, she always kept her composure.
Here are some of her famous meetings.
– From west to east –
After her accession in 1952, queen I have met every sitting US president except Lyndon B. Johnson. It spans 14 heads of state, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Joe Biden.
During the Cold War, however, she rarely met with Soviet bloc leaders.
In 1956, Elizabeth welcomed Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who had overseen the political thaw as Joseph Stalin’s successor.
But it wasn’t until 1989, more than 30 years later, that Mikhail Gorbachev was invited to the audience. That was after he launched the “perestroika” (restructuring) policy that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
of queen When she was greeted by President Boris Yeltsin in 1994, she was the first British monarch in history to visit Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets queen When he made a state visit to the UK in 2003.
– War and Peace –
Mother Teresa and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai are just two Nobel Peace Prize winners. queen met.
She had a particularly warm relationship with South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
But the head of state also welcomed the leaders of the world’s most repressive regime.
Among them were Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko, who made an official visit to Britain in 1973, and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe in 1994.
Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was invited by the government. queenreported complaints — 1978.
She is said to have hidden in the bushes on the grounds of Buckingham Palace and walked her corgi so that she would not talk to him.
On June 27, 2012, the British monarchs shook hands in historic Belfast. Martin McGuinness was a former Irish Republican Army paramilitary commander who was second in her Fein Party, who did not recognize her sovereignty over Northern Ireland.
It was a gesture unimaginable just a few years ago in the heat of the deadly conflict in Northern Ireland.
The IRA assassinated her relative, Sir Louis Mountbatten, in 1979.
“Hello, how are you?” McGuinness — then deputy prime minister of Belfast’s power-sharing government — asked the monarch.
“Thank you very much. Anyway, I’m still alive,” she replied.
The photo of the two shaking hands 14 years after the Good Friday peace deal went viral around the world as a historic moment of reconciliation.
– Artistic Encounter –
The monarch also met some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Opera singer Maria Callas. Actors Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot. Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. and singer Frank Sinatra.
British crime writer Agatha Christie wrote in her autobiography that she bought a car, queen Her stay at Buckingham Palace was two of the most inspiring moments of her life.
She recalled “her kindness and talkability” and described her as “very small and slender, wearing a simple dark red velvet gown with a single beautiful jewel.”
– Spice up your life –
From adolescent Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga and Madonna, she’s met some of the world’s biggest pop stars and created some funny scenes.
In 1997, with her hair perfectly done and white gloves on, she shakes hands with the Spice Girls, wearing a thigh-high split gown and showing off a plunging neckline.
At the pop star’s bash at Buckingham Palace in 2005, queen Guitarist Eric Clapton asked, “Have you been playing for a long time?”
Clapton, who was 59 at the time, replied, “It must be 45 years from now.”
– Bond Girl –
Elizabeth also crossed paths with fictional characters.
In 2012, she joined James Bond star Daniel Craig in a parody video in which she appeared to parachute into the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
She met fictional double actress Helen Mirren several times. queen” in 2006.
A true monarch made Mirren a lady in 2003.