from Marilyn Monroe to Donald Trump, a life among the greats of this world


Through the decades on the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms, Elizabeth II met the personalities who made the news of the second half of the 20th century, and much more.

Lower your head to greet her (for ladies, genuflect simultaneously), wait for her to extend her hand to you and do not initiate the conversation yourself, call her « Your Majesty » and, above all, never ask him to pose for a selfie. These were the rules in force when you met Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday September 8, 2022 at the age of 96.

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During her reign of more than 70 years, the longest ever observed in British history, Elizabeth II seems to have met the whole Earth: political personalities, stars of song or cinema, chefs and heads of State and government, but also sportsmen and senior religious leaders.

From the 1950s at the beginning of her reign until the first quarter of the 21st century, the queen paraded her hats in the high spheres of the whole world, following the fashions, the changes of regime and other upheavals of her time. Franceinfo has selected some of these meetings, sometimes historical, sometimes anecdotal.

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