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June 29, 2017

Pictures of Marilyn Monroe Meeting Queen Elizabeth II in London, 1956

A meeting of two matriarchs, you have to wonder what the two were actually thinking of each other.

Two of the most widely recognized women of their times who couldn’t be more different. They met in London for the Royal Film Premier to watch The Battle of River Plate. Monroe was not in the film, but it was the much anticipated true story of a naval battle, which is why it had been chosen for the Royal Film Premier.

The Queen was of course at the event, and nearly everyone who came stood in line to meet her, as naturally Monroe did as well. Back story aside, the event has given us an unforgettable picture of two seemingly incongruous characters in a congenial meeting.

At the time, both Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II were just 30 years old. The Queen had ascended to the throne at the age of 25 following the death of her father, King George VI. Monroe had just finished filming The Prince and the Showgirl in London; the film premiered in June 1957.

Unfortunately, Monroe passed away just a few years later, in 1962, at the age of 36. This would be the only time these two extremely different types of royalty—a monarch and an American icon—would ever meet in front of millions of onlookers and cameras.


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