Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney (80) recalled his encounters with the late Queen Elizabeth II with a detailed text and many photos on his website. McCartney wrote that he had met the Queen eight or nine times - for the first time in October 1965, when the Beatles received their MBE ("Member of the British Empire") medals. Meetings followed, for example at anniversary concerts or in 1997, when the Queen knighted McCartney. Around 20 years later, she promoted him again: to Companion of Honour.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96. Leaders and celebrities from around the world expressed their sadness and shared their memories of the Queen.