12/01/2011

Queen and Yoko come together at Beatles birthplace

 

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Queen Elizabeth meets Yoko Ono during their visit to the Museum of Liverpool on Dec. 1. Behind them are vintage Beatles suits from the early Sixties. (AP)

There was a time when Queen Elizabeth was not exactly Yoko Ono's cup of tea.

Back in the Sixties, she was the epitome of Establishment, a class often mocked by the avant garde artists of the day, like Yoko and her more famous husband, John Lennon. 

Whatever gulf existed seems to have been bridged over the years, brought together by events that celebrate Lennon's legacy as an ex-Beatle.

They met again on Thursday in Liverpool -- birthplace of Lennon and the rest of the Fab Four -- as the Queen visited the Museum of Liverpool, where there are, naturally, plenty of artefacts from the Beatles' past.

Wearing a burgundy coat and hat, the 85-year-old monarch spent 50 minutes touring the museum with Prince Philip after greeting Yoko, who had flown in from New York especially for the occasion.

"I was so amazed," said Ono, 78. "That particular colour -- it made her look so young, so elegant. She is always elegant. It's always nice to meet her."

The Beatles theme to the day started early, with the Coldstream Guards playing Beatles tunes during the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Yoko1The Beatles were invested as Members of the British Empire in 1965 (below), but four years later John Lennon returned his MBE as part of his protests for peace with Yoko Ono. The Queen didn't seem bothered by the slight in 2002 (right) when she and Yoko met in front of a statue of Lennon at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport.

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LiverpoolQueen Elizabeth greets some admirers after paying a visit to the Museum of Liverpool. (Getty Images)

 

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