The Queen once turned down a special birthday performance by Sir Paul McCartney of the former Beatle’s greatest hits in favor of retreating to her private quarters to watch Twin Peaks.
Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s oldest royal queen, died “peacefully”, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday.
The monarch was a fan of the American mystery drama television drama, with the first two seasons airing in 1990 and 1991, and the third series airing in 2017.
In a clip resurfaced from a DVD of the show, composer Angelo Badalamenti recalled the time Sir Paul told him the Queen had pushed him away in favor of the programme, saying: ‘There are so many funny stories from Twin Peaks and my favorite is from Paul McCartney.
Fun fact: The Queen turned down a special impromptu birthday performance by Sir Paul McCartney of her hits in favor of retreating to her private quarters to watch Twin Peaks (pictured this month)
“I got a call from his office saying he would like me to come to Abbey Road and work with him, and do an arrangement on one of his songs.
“So I go out to Abbey Road studios and it’s just that Paul is in the studio with an orchestra and while I’m rehearsing Paul comes up to me and says, ‘Angelo, stop the orchestra, I have to tell you this story.”
“He said, ‘The Queen’s office has asked me to perform 35 minutes of my music to help her celebrate her birthday at Buckingham Palace, so I’m very excited about it, and here’s the night and I’m about to continue. “
Farewell: Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s longest reigning royal, died ‘peacefully’, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday (pictured in February)
“The Queen walks past me and says, ‘Oh, Mr McCartney, it was so nice to see you tonight. »
“And he said, ‘Well, Your Highness, I’m so glad you invited me to celebrate your birthday and I’m now going to perform 35 minutes of my best work for you.
“She said, ‘Oh, Mr. McCartney, I’m sorry, but I can’t stay. Mr. McCartney, can’t you see? It’s five to eight and I have to go up and look at Twin Peaks.
TV fan: In a clip resurfaced from a DVD of the show, composer Angelo Badalamenti recalled the time Sir Paul told him the Queen had pushed him away in favor of the program
Describing Sir Paul’s reaction to telling the story to Angelo, the composer added: “Paul turned around, and I was standing on the conductor’s stand, and he hit me with his arm right on [my shoulder] and he used a few choice English words.
It comes after Sir Paul paid a heavy tribute to Queen Elizabeth 11 following news of her death on Thursday.
Writing on her website, the ex-Beatle said she impressed him with “her great sense of humor combined with great dignity”.
On Air: The Monarch was a fan of the American mystery drama drama television series, with the first two seasons airing in 1990 and 1991, and the third series airing in 2017
“On the sad occasion of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, my memories have resurfaced and I would like to share them with you,” Sir Paul wrote.
“I feel privileged to have been alive for the entire reign of Queen Elizabeth II. When I was 10 I entered an essay competition in Liverpool and won my division for my essay on the British monarchy so I’ve been a fan for a long time In 1953 when the Queen was crowned by everyone on our street in Speke Liverpool finally got a TV and we sat down to watch the coronation in glorious black and white .
“Looking back I am honored and amazed that I have met Her Majesty eight or nine times and each time she impressed me with her great sense of humor combined with great dignity. These times were:
“First, when the Beatles got the MBE on October 26, 1965. I remember we were taken aside and shown what the proper protocol was. We were told how to approach Her Majesty and not talk to her unless she talks to us. For four Liverpool guys it was ‘Wow, hey man’.
“The next time we met was a few years later at the Royal Albert Hall on December 13, 1982. It was at an event that Linda (his late first wife) and I attended called An Evening For the conversation. Part of the evening included orchestral reworkings of some Beatles songs and I remember talking to Her Majesty about it. She also re-introduced me to Prince Philip who said he remembered our previous meeting in the sixties!
Heartfelt: It comes after Sir Paul paid a full tribute to Queen Elizabeth 11 after news of her death broke on Thursday (pictured in 2002)
“Our third meeting would be in the next decade. In June 1996, the Queen graciously agreed to open the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on the site of my former school which George Harrison and I attended. She had also already done a gift that the school was very honored to receive.
“Just a year later, our next meeting was a very proud day for me. It was one of the best days of my life. I felt very honored to be offered a knighthood and of course, it would have been rude to turn it down! I remember it was spring and the sky was blue. It was a wonderful day and I remember thinking that I had come a long way from a small terraced house in Liverpool!
“It was a new millennium the next time we met and what an occasion it was!” To celebrate his golden jubilee, we were able to swing in his garden. As Her Majesty was on stage and receiving applause at the end of the show, I joked, “Well, I guess that will happen next year then?” to which she replied, “Not in my garden, it won’t!”
“We were to see each other again shortly after, but this time at my house! I was very honored to receive an exhibition of painting at the Walker Art Gallery, which John (Lennon) and I had visited many times as students. It was my extreme privilege to be able to show Her Majesty around the gallery.
“A decade later, Nancy (his wife) and I attended a special event called Celebration of the Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and it was more than ever a pleasure to speak with Her Majesty.
“On June 4, 2012, the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and it was so special in so many ways. It was the first time I had performed for her since her last Jubilee, and seeing everyone expand on Pall Mall was great as was meeting other Royals afterwards It was a great weekend to be British.
“Our last meeting was in 2018. Due to my respect and love for the Queen and her fabulous sense of humor when I received the Companion of Honor Medal, I shook her hand , I leaned over and said, “We need to stop meeting like this,” to which she chuckled lightly and continued with the ceremony. I wondered if I was being a bit too cheeky after saying that, after all she was the queen, but I have a feeling she didn’t mind.
Sir Paul signed his memoir saying, “God bless you. We will miss you. Paul.’
Announcement: Buckingham Palace announced the sad news of the Queen’s death on Thursday