Prince William of Gloucester (the very handsome bloke) at the weddings of Princess Margaret (1960) and the Duke of Kent (1961).
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a balcony appearance in Cambridge - 28.11.12 (x)
The Four Queens
R-L: The Empress and Queen of Austria-Hungary; The Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias; The Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Commonwealth Realms, Empress of India; and The Queen of France and Navarre
The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge make an official visit to Cambridge
The Royal Command Performance (x)
4th November 1963 → This was the night of The Beatles’ famous appearance at the Royal Command Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, in the presence of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. During their performance, John Lennon passed into Royal Variety history when he made his celebrated suggestion that those in the cheap seats should clap their hands while the rest could just rattle their jewellery.
The Beatles’ appearance was a triumph. However, they declined all subsequent invitations to reappear on the show, despite repeated attempts to lure them back.
❝We managed to refuse all sorts of things that people don’t know about. We did the Royal Variety Show, and we were asked discreetly to do it every year after that, but we always said, ‘Stuff it.’ So every year there was a story in the newspapers: ‘Why no Beatles for the Queen?’ which was pretty funny, because they didn’t know we’d refused. That show’s a bad gig, anyway. Everybody’s very nervous and uptight and nobody performs well. The time we did do it, I cracked a joke on stage. I was fantastically nervous, but I wanted to say something to rebel a bit, and that was the best i could do.❞ - John Lennon (1970)
William was christened on the Queen Mother’s 82nd birthday.
I was given the order of service for the official photographs and noticed they hadn’t planned for one of the Queen Mother holding William.
I was asked not to, but I broke ranks and went up to the Queen and said: “Excuse me Ma’am but there’s one very important picture missing.”
When I told her, she said: “Oh my goodness, how did we miss that?”
The next thing I knew the Queen Mother had put her drink down and was holding him with a big smile. - Kent Grant, photographer.