Happy birthday to the Queen! England's Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 today, an occasion celebrated with pomp, circumstance, and some adorable pictures of her great-grandchildren.
Last year, the Queen became the longest-reigning monarch in British history, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.
Over the 63 plus years of her reign, she’s traveled the world, crossing paths with everyone from the Pope to her adorable great-grandson. She’s shaken hands with countless people in hundreds of countries, including some of our favorite celebrities and newsmakers.
Here are some of the best interactions:
Queen Elizabeth was just 4 years into her reign when she met Hollywood glamour icon Marilyn Monroe at a Royal Film performance of the "The Battle of River Plate" in London in 1956. The two women were exactly the same age, 30 years old, when they met.
The American President(s)
The U.S. and the U.K. have always had a "special relationship" and the queen has done her duty on that front. She's met with every U.S. president who served during the course of her reign, with the exception of President Lyndon Johnson.
Fun fact: The queen has reigned over England longer than President Barack Obama has been alive!
On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
Her majesty’s most loyal subject might be one Bond, James Bond. Over the queen’s reign, seven actors have played 007, and Queen Elizabeth has met nearly all of them.
The most memorable encounter was in 2012, when Mr. Bond (as played by Daniel Craig) accompanied her majesty to the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic games, where the "queen" made an unforgettable entrance to the delight of audiences around the world.
In the kingdom known as Hollywood, one actress reigns over all — Meryl Streep. The queen of the silver screen first met the queen of England back in 1980 after a screening of "Kramer vs. Kramer." Streep would later go on to win an Oscar, playing one of the queen's subjects and prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher.
But perhaps no actress knows royalty better than Helen Mirren, who over the years has played several British queens. Mirren won an Oscar for playing the titular role in the 2005 movie "The Queen." She reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2015 play "The Audience," and won the Tony Award for Best Actress. Mirren has met the queen a number of times, including when she became a dame in 2003.
Top of the Charts:
From the top of the throne to the top of the charts, the queen has met her fair share of musicians over the years, including the Spice Girls in 1997 and Lady Gaga in 2009.
There is nothing like an (honorary) dame! In 2014, the Queen named the Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie an honorary dame, in honor of her work fighting sexual violence and for her services to U.K. foreign policy.
Game of Thrones
Winter is coming, and the queen knows it! In 2014, she paid a visit to the Northern Ireland set of the hit HBO show "Game of Thrones." In addition to meeting with the cast and crew, the queen gamely posed with one of the iconic show props, the Iron Throne.
From politics to pop culture, the queen never ceases to delight. Long may she reign!
**This story was originally published in September of 2015**