Paul McCartney gives ‘down-to-earth’ Queen special tribute as he unveils royal connection

Queen is 'very down to earth' says Sir Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney has said that he “looks up” to the Queen in a new TV interview. The legendary singer-songwriter spoke to CBS This Morning host Gayle King about the royal for a special to be aired at the end of the week. Mr McCartney, who has met the monarch on a number of occasions, was asked how he would describe her.

He said: “She’s royal, so you look up to her cause she’s royal.

“But I think the thing about the Queen is that she’s very down to Earth.”

The short clip was released as promo for a CBS News special about the monarch, ‘The Queen Carries On: A Gayle King Special’.

It will also feature former US President Barack Obama and a maid of honor to the Queen at her coronation as they “reflect on [her] extraordinary reign”.

In another advance released, the Beatles frontman spoke about how his connection to the Queen goes back to when he was a young boy.

Ms King asked: “Let’s go to Paul McCartney at 10. What happened at 10?”

He told her: “Because the coronation was approaching, there was a competition for all the schools in England.

“You had to write an essay on the monarchy, and I liked that idea.”

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The competition was the result of Liverpool Library coming together with the Education Committee to mark Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in the early 1950s.

Paul McCartney’s essay “had the lyrics of a love song”, according to Gayle King.

He wrote about “our lovely young Queen” as he discussed the “luck” children across the country had in receiving souvenirs of the upcoming coronation.

The singer told CBS: “And lo and behold, I actually won it. I won my division.”

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He added: “And I’m very nervous because they called out my name.

“And I, like, stumbled up with legs of jelly.

“It was the first time I’d ever kind of really been on a stage.”

The coronation took place in June 1953, when the monarch was 27 years old.

The special is scheduled to air on May 14 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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