Queen Elizabeth’s Memorable Encounters With Presidents And Celebrities

Throughout her 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, had met with some of history’s most notable public figures, including nearly every U.S. president since her reign began, as well as countless Hollywood celebrities.

Now, as the world remembers and honors the beloved monarch following her death on Sept. 8, let’s take a look back at some of those memorable encounters.

Queen Elizabeth shakes hands with Marilyn Monroe in 1956.ullstein bild via Getty Images

On Oct. 29, 1956, four years into her reign, Queen Elizabeth and Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, both then 30, shook hands at the Royal Film Performance of “The Battle of the River Plate” at the Empire Theatre in London’s Leicester Square.

Frank Sinatra meets Queen Elizabeth II in 1958
Frank Sinatra bows to the queen in 1958.PA Images via Getty Images

American singer and actor Frank Sinatra bowed to the queen in the foyer of the Odeon theater in Leicester Square at the premiere of the film “Me and the Colonel” in October 1958.

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Posing with Prince Philip and the Kennedys in 1961.Bettmann Archive

Since ascending to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952, the queen has met with every U.S. president serving during her reign except one, Lyndon B. Johnson.

On June 15, 1961, the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, entertained President John F. Kennedy and his wife, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, at Buckingham Palace during a banquet held in the president’s honor.

Barbra Streisand and Queen Elizabeth II in 1975
Barbra Streisand (standing next to fellow Hollywood star James Caan) exchanges smiles with the queen in 1975.Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Singer and actor Barbra Streisand and Her Highness both wore gloves when they shook hands at the 1975 London premiere of “Funny Lady.” (Actors James Caan, second from left, and Lee Remick, center, were also in the procession to meet the queen.)

President Gerald Ford and Queen Elizabeth II in 1976
Dancing with President Gerald Ford in 1976.Getty Images

President Gerald Ford danced with Queen Elizabeth in July 1976, at a White House dinner held in her honor during the bicentennial celebrations. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Meryl Streep in 1980
Greeting Meryl Streep in 1980.Graham Turner / Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth met with Hollywood star Meryl Streep after a Royal Film Performance of “Kramer vs. Kramer” at the Odeon in Leicester Square in 1980. The American-born Streep would later go on to win an Oscar for portraying British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 drama “The Iron Lady.”

President Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth II horseback riding in 1982
The queen riding horses with President Ronald Reagan in 1982.Bob Daugherty / AP

President Ronald Reagan went horseback riding with the queen on the grounds of Windsor Castle on June 8, 1982. Reagan’s visit marked the first time a U.S. president stayed overnight at Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth and President George H.W. Bush in 1991
The queen talking to President George H.W. Bush during an official tour of America in 1991.Tim Graham Photo Library via Gety Images

President George H.W. Bush chatted with Queen Elizabeth on the White House lawn on May 14, 1991. During the queen’s official visit, she and Bush planted a Linden tree together to replace the one that was destroyed by a storm. The original was planted in 1937 to honor the ascension to the throne of the queen’s father. 

Spice Girls meet Queen Elizabeth II in 1997
Saying hello to the Spice Girls in 1997.AP

The monarch shakes hands with members of the British pop group the Spice Girls after the group performed at the Royal Variety Performance in London’s Victoria Palace Theatre on Dec. 1, 1997.

Queen Elizabeth greets the Clintons in 2000
Posing with President Bill Clinton, his wife, Hillary Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea, in 2000.PA Images via Getty Images

President Bill Clinton, his wife, Hillary Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea, posed with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in December 2000. The president and first lady previously met the queen in 1995 during a five-day European tour.

Queen Elizabeth II and Jennifer
Lopez in 2001
Meeting Jennifer Lopez in 2001.REUTERS

Queen Elizabeth shook hands with singer and actor Jennifer Lopez backstage after the 2001 Royal Variety Performance at the Dominion Theatre in London.

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush with Queen Elizabeth II
President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush stand with Queen Elizabeth in 2003.Brooks Kraft / Corbis via Getty Images

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush dined with the queen at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 19, 2003.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Halle Berry in 2002
Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan greet the queen in 2002.Reuters

Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan and their co-stars in the James Bond movie “Die Another Day” greeted the queen at the world premiere of the movie in November 2002 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Queen Elizabeth II greets Madonna
The Queen of Pop meets the queen.Dan Chung / Reuters

At the same star-studded James Bond premiere, Queen Elizabeth met Madonna, who co-wrote and performed the movie’s hit theme song.

Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig bows to the queen in 2006.Stephen Hird / AP

James Bond actor Daniel Craig bowed to the queen at the November 2006 premiere of the Bond film “Casino Royale” at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. The pair memorably reunited six years later in an unforgettable video that kicked off the Olympic Games in London.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Miley Cyrus in 2009
Miley Cyrus shakes the queen’s hand in 2009.AFP via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth met pop singer Miley Cyrus following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England, on Dec. 7, 2009.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Lady Gaga
Queen Elizabeth meets Lady Gaga in 2009.Leon Neal / Reuters

Lady Gaga curtseyed to the queen after performing at the 2009 Royal Variety Performance.

Serena Williams greets Queen Elizabeth at Wimbledon 2010
Serena Williams curtsies to the queen.Oli Scarf / Reuters

Tennis champ Serena Williams shook hands with the queen during Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on June 24, 2010.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 2011
The Obamas with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Winfield House in London in 2011.Jewel Samad / POOL/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, visited with the queen and Prince Philip for a dinner at the Winfield House in London on May 25, 2011. Two years prior, during Michelle Obama’s first meeting with Queen Elizabeth, she broke royal protocol by giving the queen a side hug, reported The Guardian.

Queen Elizabeth II greets Helen Mirren
The queen smiles at actor Helen Mirren, who portrayed her in the 2006 drama “The Queen,” in 2011.Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire via AP

Queen Elizabeth greeted British actor Helen Mirren at a reception at Buckingham Palace on May 9, 2011. Mirren previously won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 movie “The Queen.” Mirren later reprised the role in the play “The Audience,” for which she won a Tony Award for best actress. She has met the queen several times, and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2003.

Queen Elizabeth greets Gillian Anderson and Rowan Atkinson
With actors Gillian Anderson and Rowan Atkinson in 2012.Sean Dempsey / WPA Pool via Getty Images

Gillian Anderson met Queen Elizabeth on Feb. 14, 2012, at a Buckingham Palace reception to celebrate the 200th anniversary of author Charles Dickens’ birth. Anderson would go on to win an Emmy in 2021 for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the Netflix series “The Crown.”

Prince Charles and entertainers including Paul McCartney and Elton John celebrate Queen Elizabeth during the Diamond Jubilee concert
Prince Charles, joined by entertainers such as Paul McCartney and Elton John, at the Diamond Jubilee concert for the queen.David Moir / Reuters

Prince Charles was joined by Elton John, Paul McCartney and other entertainers in celebrating his mother during the Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012.

Beatles honored with Member of the Order of the British Empire medals in 1965
The Beatles show their Member of the Order of the British Empire medals at Buckingham Palace in 1965.AP

McCartney previously met the queen as a member of the Beatles in November 1963. Two years later, all four of the band’s members were named Members of the Order of the British Empire. In 1997, McCartney was knighted by the queen. A year later, Elton John earned the same honor.

Angelina Jolie honored by Queen Elizabeth in 2014
Queen Elizabeth honored Angelina Jolie in 2014.Anthony Devlin / Reuters

In October 2014, the queen named Oscar winner Angelina Jolie an honorary dame due to her work fighting war zone sexual violence and for her services to U.K. foreign policy.

Queen Elizabeth II greets David Beckham
The queen grins at soccer great David Beckham in 2018.John Stillwell / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth beamed when she greeted British soccer great David Beckham before the queen’s Young Leaders awards ceremony on June 26, 2018, at Buckingham Palace. Beckham previously met the queen several times and received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire title (OBE) from her in 2003.

Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump
Shaking hands with President Donald Trump in 2018.Chris Jackson / AFP via Getty Images

The queen greeted President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018. Trump also met with Queen Elizabeth the following year at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth and President Joe  Biden
The queen smiles at President Joe Biden in 2021.Mark Cuthbert / UK Press via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth smiled while speaking with President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021. Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, traveled to the U.K. so that the president could participate, along with other world leaders, in the two-day Group of Seven summit in Cornwall.

TrendsCHK is formed by a group of editors of different ages, ethnicities and countries that seek every day to bring relevant information about fashion, beauty, behavior, experiences, news, technology, finance, travel and wellness.

More from author


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related posts

Latest posts

ONE+ONLY Launches Bridal Brand

Building on the foundation of our other ecommerce jewelry brands, Jewlr and Lee Fiori, we created ONE+ONLY to expand the possibilities.

See Kim Kardashian’s Kids North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm Show Their Modeling Skills During Photo Shoot

Kim Kardashian’s kids struck some poses during a fashion-forward photo shoot. See North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm West on set for the project. Now this...

9 Risqué Emily Ratajkowski Looks to Inspire Your Date Night Style

Whatever Emily Ratajkowski does, she has the world’s undivided attention. From shutting down London Fashion Week at the JW Anderson show to simply running...