During more than 70 years as Queen and head of the Commonwealth, Elizabeth met many of the world’s most famous people.
She stood next to the biggest stars in Hollywood at movie premieres and received state visits from the most powerful politicians in the world.
From Frank Sinatra to Nelson Mandela and the Spice Girls to Mother Teresa, here are some of the other famous figures they’ve met the monarch.
Marilyn Monroe – 1956
The Queen was only a few weeks older than Marilyn Monroe when they met in London three years after the coronation.
Monroe shook hands with Her Majesty as she greeted the stars at the Royal Film performance of The Battle of the River Plate at the Empire Theater in Leicester Square.
Monroe died of an overdose in Los Angeles, California six years later.
Brigitte Bardot – 1956
On the same October evening, the Queen also met French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot.
Bardot made sure she was dressed appropriately, with elbow-length gloves and a satin ball gown.
Sophia Loren – 1957
The following year, at the Royal Film performance of Les Girls at the Odeon in Leicester Square, the Queen met Italian actress Sophia Loren.
It was the year Loren starred in The Pride and The Passion.
Frank Sinatra – 1958
Sinatra met the Queen at the height of his fame in 1958 at the Odeon Theater in Leicester Square at the premiere of Danny Kaye’s Me and the Colonel.
They met again in 1983 in the studios of 20th Century Fox.
John F Kennedy – 1961
The United States president and his wife Jackie had dinner at Buckingham Palace in June 1961.
There was thought to be tension between Mrs. Kennedy and the Queen, with reports claiming that the First Lady was “unimpressed with the palace furnishings, the Queen’s dress, and her haircut”.
They would later have had a state visit, but President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. The Queen met Jackie again when they unveiled a memorial to him in Runnymede
The Beatles -1965
The Beatles first met the Queen in 1963 when they played the Royal Variety Performance.
They said to the crowd, “The people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands…and the rest, as long as you rattle your jewelry.”
Luckily for them, the Queen thought the joke was funny and the band got OBEs two years later.
Barbara Streisand – 1975
American actress Barbra Streisand wore a striking lavender hooded cape to meet the Queen at the London premiere of Funny Lady in 1975.
Elizabeth Taylor – 1976
Elizabeth Taylor and her husband John Warner met the Queen at a charity gala in Washington, four years after she rose to fame in Anthony and Cleopatra.
The couple was known for wearing the same color dress.
Mother Teresa – 1983
The Queen met Mother Teresa in Delhi during her 1983 tour of India.
The Queen always expressed the deepest respect for her work and referred to her acts of selflessness in several of her speeches.
Princess Diana met Mother Teresa several times.
Sir Cliff Richard – 1995
Sir Cliff met the Queen several times and was a friend of Princess Diana.
He wore a striking gold blazer to meet Her Majesty at the Royal Variety Performance in London.
The Spice Girls – 1997
At the height of their international fame, the Spice Girls met the Queen after the Royal Variety Performance at London’s Victoria Palace Theater.
Many noticed their bold outfits for such a formal occasion.
Madonna – 2002
The Queen of Pop met Her Majesty in the 2002 London premiere of the Bond film Die Another Day at the Royal Albert Hall.
Nelson Mandela – 2003
Mandela visited London in 2003 and received a reception at Buckingham Palace.
The pair met through Mandela’s involvement with the Rhodes Trust, which provided scholarships to overseas students to study at Oxford.
Sir Elton John – 2008
Elton was knighted by the Queen in 1998 for his services to music. The year before, he sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
He again met the Queen backstage at her 2012 Diamond Jubilee concert where he performed.
Barack Obama – 2009
President Obama first traveled to the United Kingdom in 2009 and then again in 2011.
He and his wife Michelle were received by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace on both occasions.
Mrs. Obama broke protocol by trying to give the Queen a hug, which she later said because the pair talked about uncomfortable shoes.
Lady Gaga – 2009
Pop royalty Lady Gaga met the Queen after her Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool in 2009.
Gaga wore an Elizabethan-style latex dress and red glitter eye makeup.
Yoko Ono – 2011
Ono met the Queen years after her husband John Lennon was shot dead in America.
They met at the National Museum of Liverpool during a royal visit to Merseyside.
Angelina Jolie – 2014
Jolie received an honorary title for her outreach and campaign to end sexual violence in war-torn countries.
David Beckham – 2015
David Beckham first met the Queen in 2003 when he was awarded an OBE shortly after Manchester United won the league.
His wife Victoria received hers from Prince William 14 years later for services to the fashion industry.
David met the Queen in 2015 at a reception at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Young Leaders program.
Donald Trump – 2019
Trump and his wife Melania were received by the Queen and Prince Philip during their state visit in 2019.
He also attended D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth. Trump adored the Queen and said she was a “wonderful person”.
David Attenborough – 2019
Sir David Attenborough was friends with the Queen for over half a century and was knighted twice for services to television and conservation.
In 2016 Sir David spoke at a service at St Paul’s to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, and in 2019 the Queen – who was only a few weeks older than Attenborough – presented him with the Chatham House Prize.
Sir David had produced the Queen’s Christmas speech in 1986 and reportedly even chose the outfit she wore for it.
Jo Biden – 2021
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill met the Queen at Windsor Castle last year after the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Their visit included a guard of honor and tea in the castle.
Bill Gates – 2021
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met the Queen at Windsor Castle after last year’s Global Investment Summit at a dinner to showcase the best of British innovation.
Upon learning of her death, Gates wrote on Twitter: “I am honored to have met HM Queen Elizabeth, and I am very sad to hear that she has passed away.”