Here is proof that the Beatles conquered England. And not just England but also the hearts of British royalty. In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II invited the Beatles, aka the Fab Four, to receive their MBEs and of course, their fans went wild. Taken on the day of, the musicians arrived to collect their Order of the British Empire insignias, and they arrived in style. They drove inside the palace in John Lennon’s Rolls Royce.
Afterward, the band’s frontman, John Lennon, returned his MBE. Despite the controversy that followed, here we have a rare photo of their fans stampeding Buckingham Palace the day the Beatles got their Orders. Over 4,000 fans gathered outside to catch a better view, some clambering over lamp posts and gates.
King George and Pet Parrot
The royal family includes royal pets, just like Queen Elizabeth II had her corgis and thoroughbred horses. Meet Charlotte, King George V’s African Grey. We’re not exactly sure when King George acquired his pet parrot, but we know that his friendship with the parrot goes back to his youth. Here is an antique photo capturing that friendship between king and bird. Apparently, the king often had his pet with him, even during mealtimes.
Interestingly, Charlotte learned to repeat, “God Save the King!” Well, that is definitely expected of a royal bird. They also say Charlotte was probably privy to many state secrets. She often got a peek at confidential documents which she saw over the king’s shoulder! Speaking of shoulders, Charlotte reportedly had quite the chip on hers. She knew she was the most special member in the royal household, and acted it too!
Cheers to the Queen
Generally, the Royal Guard are not known for their delight. Instead, they are seen sternly patrolling the grounds of Buckingham Palace. However, here we have a fascinating memento that goes back to January 1, 1900. Judging from the time, it is likely they are giving a customary cheer to Queen Victoria, who died the following year.
Cheering? Isn’t that extremely inappropriate for someone who has died? While baffling to others, this tradition has a special place in the history of the British monarchy. The Royal Guard has a cheering ritual, performed during an inauguration or a passing. This is one of those photos showing how old the tradition truly is – going back to the turn of the century.
Prince George Sticks Out His Tongue
The Royal Family have their customary waves and Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton, has started learning his wave early. This photo was taken in 2015. During the same year, Prince George was formally introduced to the public, but what makes this photograph unique is how UNofficial and INformal it is.
It shows a delightful Prince George sticking out his tongue at the people outside while being held by his nanny. Apparently, the young prince is watching the royal family depart the palace with the Horse Guard Parade. The prince has been creating viral photos on social media for a while now. He’s been photographed squishing his face against a plane window and meeting former President Barack Obama in a bathrobe while still having his bearings about him (the prince offered a firm handshake).
The Grand Staircase
For a 300-year-old castle, Buckingham Palace has an enduring history. In this photo, we see its early 20th-century look. This grand staircase seen here was the same as seen in the eyes of any of the royal family during the turn of the century. This is the fashion that Queen Victoria would have seen when she traveled to her London residence.
That is what makes this photograph so unique. It captures a moment of Buckingham Palace from its distant past. If you look closely, you will see portraits of former royals hung on the surrounding walls. The creative genius behind this bronze staircase was city planner and architect, John Nash. He designed this work of art as part of King George IV’s project to remodel Buckingham Palace in the 19th century.