21 Celebrities Who Have Met The Queen During Her Reign

It goes without saying that Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for a very long period. In fact, when she was coronated in 1953, 80 percent of her current subjects were not yet born. During that period, she has met a plethora of dignitaries and celebrities from all around the world.
For every politician and international leader you'd expect to see, there is a slew of weird encounters you'd never expect. Queen Elizabeth has shaken many hands in her time. And, while it's tempting to believe they're all in the hands of presidents, monarchs, or government officials, she's also interacting with the Hollywood set here. Here are 21 celebrities who you might not expect to meet the queen.

#1 The Queen met former One Direction member Liam Payne after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in 2018.

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The Commonwealth Service is the United Kingdom's largest annual interfaith event.

#2 Damien Lewis shook hands with the Queen at an event for the Prince's Trust in London in 2016.

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The Prince's Trust assists at-risk kids with their education and employment.

#3 Angelina Jolie received an honorary damehood from Queen Elizabeth for her work to end war-zone sexual violence in 2014.

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The Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George was bestowed to Jolie.

#4 Carey Mulligan gave a traditional curtsy when she met the Queen in 2013.

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Mulligan met Queen Elizabeth during a British Film Institute reception at Windsor Castle.

#5 Queen Elizabeth shook hands with Sir Elton John at a 2012 concert in honor of her diamond jubilee.

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Queen Elizabeth knighted Sir Elton John in 1998.

#6 In 2011, Queen Elizabeth greeted Hugh Jackman at Buckingham Palace.

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Buckingham Palace hosted Australians in the UK reception.

#7 Queen Elizabeth met Helen Mirren at a performing-arts reception at Buckingham Palace in 2011.

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Mirren, who was made a dame in 2003, received an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film "The Queen."

#8 Bette Midler met the Queen backstage at the 2009 Royal Variety Performance.

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Midler performed "Wind Beneath My Wings."

#9 Lady Gaga bowed to Queen Elizabeth backstage at the Royal Variety Performance in 2009.

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Lady Gaga performed "Speechless."

#10 The Queen chatted with Daniel Craig at the premiere of "Casino Royale" in 2006.

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During the London Olympics in 2012, the Queen appeared in a James Bond-themed skit alongside Craig, in which she appeared to jump out of a helicopter.
The stuntman Gary Connery did the helicopter leap, but Queen Elizabeth was "extremely delighted by the concept and consented immediately," royal seamstress Angela Kelly recalled in her biography, "The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser, and the Wardrobe."

#11 Queen Elizabeth awarded Dame Judi Dench with the Insignia of a Companion of Honour in 2005.

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Dench was elevated to the status of dame in 1988.

#12 Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan met the Queen at the premiere of their James Bond movie "Die Another Day" in 2002.


Lee Tamahori, the film's director, also attended the event at London's Royal Albert Hall. At the ceremony, the Queen also met Madonna.

#13 In 2001, the Queen met Jennifer Lopez backstage at the Royal Variety Performance.

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Lopez performed "Ain't It funny."

#14 Natasha Richardson curtsied when she met the Queen at the premiere of "The Parent Trap" in 1998.

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"The Parent Trap" star Dennis Quaid and his then-wife Meg Ryan were also present.

#15 The Queen met The Spice Girls in 1997.

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At the Royal Variety Performance, the Spice Girls performed "Too Much" and "Who Do You Think You Are?"

#16 Queen Elizabeth posed with former Beatle Paul McCartney at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts in 1996.

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At the 1963 Royal Variety Show, the Beatles also met the Queen Mother.

#17 The Queen met Frank Sinatra at a Hollywood party in 1983.

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Nancy Reagan, the first lady, gave a party in the Queen's honor at the 20th Century Fox Studio.

#18 Meryl Streep met Queen Elizabeth at the premiere of "Kramer vs. Kramer" in London in 1979.

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Streep won her first Academy Award for best-supporting actress for her work in the picture.

#19 Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth wore matching colors when they met at a gala in 1976.

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Taylor was joined to the occasion at the British embassy in Washington, DC by her sixth husband, John Warner.

#20 The Queen attended the premiere of the "Funny Girl" sequel "Funny Lady" in 1975, where she met Barbra Streisand.

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The Queen was also met by actors James Caan (second from left) and Lee Remick.

#21 Queen Elizabeth met Marilyn Monroe at the premiere of "The Battle of the River Plate" at Leicester Square in London in 1956.

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At the time, both the Queen and Monroe were 30 years old.
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