It’s fair to say that Queen Elizabeth met her fair share of the rich and famous during her 70-year reign. In fact, there were 100 presidents and heads of government at her funeral alone. From James Bond to Paddington Bear, the Queen has had some highly publicised celebrity meetings. So, we thought it would be fun to take a look at a handful of the celebrities Queen Elizabeth met during her reign.

David Beckham 

David Beckham: celebrities Queen Elizabeth met during her reign

First up, football legend, David Beckham, was famously spotted amongst the crowds of mourners waiting in line to see the Queen lying in state. However, unlike most of those around him, Beckham actually met the Queen on numerous occasions  dung her reign.

Elton John

Elton jOhn meets Queen Elizabeth

Sir Elton John is another celebrity who has met the Queen more than once. Most notably, he performed at her Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012.

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter meets Queen

British actress, Helena Bonham Carter is famous for many iconic roles, from Harry Potter to Sweeney Todd. However most aptly, she played Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, in Netflix series, The Crown– very in keeping with the fact that she is one of the celebrities Queen Elizabeth met during her reign.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren meets Queen

Likewise, Helen Mirren has played the Queen on multiple occasions therefore it seems only right that she met her majesty in person too.

Niall Horan

Niall Horan meets Queen

One Direction member and solo artist Niall Horan was also lucky enough to meet the Queen at reception in Buckingham Palace. It’s fair to say that he’s come a long way since performing on X Factor back in 2010.

Paul McCartney 

Paul McCartney  and Queen Elizabeth

We’re not sure if Queen Elizabeth was a Beatles fan but she seemed pretty happy to be meeting Paul McCartney

JK Rowling

JK Rowling and Queen

Following on, Harry Potter author, JK Rowling was another one of the celebrities Queen Elizabeth met during her reign. We wonder if she got some of her inspiration for the books from the elaborate palaces and ceremonies that the Royal Family partake in.

Madonna

Madonna and Queen

It comes as no surprise that music icon Madonna met the Queen. This time at the premier of the James Bond film, Die Another Day.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Queen

We love the contrast of Lady Gaga’s elaborate outfit with Queen Elizabeths understated one, during a meeting at the Annual Royal Variety Performance at Blackpool in 2009.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran and Queen

You’ll probably remember that Ed Sheeran performed at the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert and actually got to shake hands with the royal herself. (That doesn’t stop his music from featuring in our list of the worst songs you’ll hear at university Freshers though.)

Vladmir Putin

Vladmir Putin and Queen

Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite so smoothly for Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. However the pair looks quite friendly back here in 2003.

So, there you have it, those are just a few of the celebrities Queen Elizabeth met during her reign. Read on, to find out all of the surprising things that will change in the UK as we mark the end of the Elizabethan Era.