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Paul McCartney pays tribute to the Queen with a look back at her platinum anniversary

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‘Congratulations’: Paul McCartney pays tribute to the Queen with a look back at her platinum anniversary milestone

Paul McCartney paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen in a brief flashback and posted a message to his 3.8 million Instagram followers on Thursday.

The 79-year-old Beatles star posted a 1996 photo of him and Her Majesty at the Royal Opening of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.⁣

Holding a bouquet of flowers, The Queen beamed in a dusty blue ensemble, alongside an equally cheerful Paul – donning a suit.

Her Majesty: Paul McCartney, 79, paid tribute to The Queen on Thursday with a throwback snap ahead of her Platinum Jubilee milestone

Paul shared the photo and wrote: 70s beautiful years of Queen Elizabeth the second. Congratulations ma’am! And thank you – Paul⁣’

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was founded by Paul and around 2,000 sponsors – with the center’s official opening by the Queen.

But it wasn’t the pair’s first meeting, as Paul and his bandmates were invited to Buckingham Palace in 1965, where they were all awarded MBEs – and Paul was later knighted.

Beautiful Years: Sharing the photo, Paul wrote: 70s Beautiful Years of Queen Elizabeth the Second.  Congratulations ma'am!  And thank you - Paul¿'

Beautiful Years: Sharing the photo, Paul wrote: 70s Beautiful Years of Queen Elizabeth the Second. Congratulations ma’am! And thank you – Paul⁣’

Throwback: The Beatles star posted a 1996 photo of him and Her Majesty at the royal opening of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Throwback: The Beatles star posted a 1996 photo of him and Her Majesty at the royal opening of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

And Paul was given another honor in 2018, when he once again stood before Her Majesty to become a Companion Of Honor for his contribution to music.

He is only one of the few musicians to receive the recognition, including Vera Lynn and opera singer Janet Baker.

The post comes after Paul reflected on the wild experience with CBS’s Gayle King for Her Majesty The Queen: A Gayle King Special.

Honor: But it wasn't the pair's first meeting, as Paul and his bandmates were invited to Buckingham Palace in 1965, where they were all awarded MBEs

Honor: But it wasn’t the pair’s first meeting as Paul and his bandmates were invited to Buckingham Palace in 1965 where they were all awarded MBEs

The musician described the encounter, explaining, “To us, she looked like a movie star.”

Sharing protocol during the experience, he continued: “You are told not to shake her hand, you call her ‘Ma’am’ and not ‘Your Majesty’ and you know that if she stops on the line and talks to you, her talk .’

Gayle then asked, ‘Different?’ to which Paul jokingly replied, ‘Otherwise, shut up.’

More recently: Paul received another award in 2018, when he once again stood before Her Majesty to become a Companion Of Honor for his contribution to music

More recently: Paul received another award in 2018, when he once again stood before Her Majesty to become a Companion Of Honor for his contribution to music

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