Monday 23 April 2018

Queen of arts captures celebrities' hearts

Bono addressed the queen
during an event to celebrate
her diamond jubilee at the
Royal Academy of Arts in
London
Bono addressed the queen during an event to celebrate her diamond jubilee at the Royal Academy of Arts in London
Queen Elizabeth meets actress Kate O’Mara, singer Shirley Bassey and actress Joan Collins
Musician Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell arrive last night at the Royal Academy of Arts in London
Bono. Photo: Getty Images

Ella Pickover

Bono, Joan Collins and Paul McCartney last night led the praise for Queen Elizabeth as she attended a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts.

Hundreds of celebrities from the worlds of music, dance and art gathered to pay tribute to the queen at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London.

Mr McCartney declared that he was a "huge fan" of the monarch, who is celebrating 60 years on the throne.

U2 star Bono made a room full of celebrities cheer when he praised the queen for her trip to Ireland last year.

Addressing the queen, Bono said: "I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary magic that you made on your trip to Ireland."

Referring to her speech at the state banquet in Dublin Castle, he said: "And the queen spoke Gaelic, I can't even speak Gaelic."

She met Mr McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell as she toured the galleries of the academy.

The former Beatle said: "It is always wonderful meeting her, she's great.

"It is always a great pleasure meeting her, I'm a big fan."

In another room the queen met Shirley Bassey and Joan Collins.

"I'm such a great admirer of her," said Ms Collins.

"I think she is the most wonderful, incredible woman.

"There will never be anyone like her again.

"I always want to know what she keeps in the handbag."

The queen also met singer Jamie Cullum and his wife Sophie Dahl.

Irish Independent

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