The Queen was the most famous person in the world and respected in every corner – history came to have tea with her

ON CORONATION DAY – 2 June 1953 – a small family gathered around a tiny black and white television set at their meeting house on Ardwick Road in Liverpool.

The family was four – father Jim, mother Mary and their two children Paul, almost 11, and nine-year-old Michael.

Capturing Queen Elizabeth II – on screen, big or small – was ultimately an impossible task, like trying to bottle history

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Capturing Queen Elizabeth II – on screen, big or small – was ultimately an impossible task, like trying to bottle history
Her face, from the 25-year-old queen to her venerable old age, was instantly recognizable to billions

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Her face, from the 25-year-old queen to her venerable old age, was instantly recognizable to billions
As a baby, her face beamed from magazines around the world

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As a baby, her face beamed from magazines around the world

The boys had both received their souvenirs of the special day – commemorative cups and spoons.

Paul had won a book as a coronation essay prize.

Like the rest of the nation, the family watched as young Queen Elizabeth was crowned and became the first-ever star of the television age.

Fifty-nine years later, this little boy from Ardwick Road, Liverpool, was Sir Paul McCartney, approaching his 70th birthday, when he conducted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.

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And Queen Elizabeth was the most famous person on the planet – possibly the only person more famous than the Beatles.

By any measure of fame, she was the biggest star in the world. Her face – from her earliest years to her 90s and every age in between, from the 25-year-old queen to her venerable old age – was instantly recognizable to billions.

Her face has appeared on an estimated 500 billion postage stamps.

Her face has been captured – both real and imaginary – by artists from Cecil Beaton and Lucien Freud to Andy Warhol.

There have been countless attempts to portray her on screen.

Helen Mirren won gongs for The Queen as she played Her Majesty as her family and a nation debated the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death.

Freya Wilson played Elizabeth as a young child in The King’s Speech.

In the Netflix series The Crown, Claire Foy was the young Queen Elizabeth, Olivia Colman was the middle-aged monarch, and Imelda Staunton was the elderly sovereign.

Her Majesty was possibly the only person more famous than The Beatles

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Her Majesty was possibly the only person more famous than The Beatles
Anyone who became famous enough eventually entered their orbit

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Anyone who became famous enough eventually entered their orbit
History came to have tea with her

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History came to have tea with her

But even the best of them – Mirren’s Oscar-winning film Turn and Foy as a young monarch – were mere snapshots, stylish caricatures of a moment in time.

Because ultimately, capturing Queen Elizabeth II was an impossible task — on screen, big screen or small — like trying to bottle history.

“Unshakeable Sense of Duty”

Queen Elizabeth II was famous for so long. As a baby, her face beamed from magazines around the world.

You have to be well into your 70s to remember a time when she wasn’t on the throne.

She was the longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch in British history and one of the longest-serving heads of state in world history.

Anyone who became famous enough eventually entered their orbit. When Bobby Moore clinched England’s only World Cup title in 1966, she presented him with the trophy. She gave the Beatles their MBEs. She knighted Captain Tom Moore.

History came to have tea with her.

The 14 prime ministers who served her, who met once a week, read like a litany of our nation’s history: Winston Churchill. Anthony Eden. Harold Macmillan. Alec Douglas Home. Harold Wilson. Edward Heide. James Callaghan. Margaret Thatcher. John Major. Tony Blair. Gordon Brown. DavidCameron. Teresa May. Boris Johnson.

Such was her unwavering sense of duty that she invited Liz Truss, her 15th and last prime minister, to form a government just two days before her death.

She drove the transformation of the former British Empire – and its 2.5 billion people – into the Commonwealth of Nations.

Her Majesty was respected in every corner of the planet. She drove the transformation of the former British Empire – and its 2.5 billion people – into the Commonwealth of Nations.

In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, dozens of nations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean gained independence from Britain.

But at her death she was still the head of the Commonwealth, 56 member states that were mostly former imperial territories – her only connection language, history and an enduring love for her queen.

The most powerful men in the world were dazzled in her presence. She has met every US President – apart from Lyndon B. Johnson – from Harry Truman in 1951 to Joe Biden in 2021.

Ronald Reagan went horseback riding with her. She corresponded with John F. Kennedy up until his assassination.

With her handbags and her hats, Her Majesty always seemed to wear the same accessories as her mother or grandmother.

But this common behavior was misleading and an integral part of her fame.

She was respected in every corner of the planet

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She was respected in every corner of the planet
The most powerful men in the world were dazzled in her presence

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The most powerful men in the world were dazzled in her presence
Queen Elizabeth was the most famous person in the world

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Queen Elizabeth was the most famous person in the world
Her usual behavior was deceptive and an integral part of her fame

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Her usual behavior was deceptive and an integral part of her fame

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