June 14, 2012 10:11
Paul McCartney: 'The Queen is fabulous, I've got a lot of time for her'
Singer admits that he's a 'patriot' and calls the Monarch 'a rock'n'roll queen'
The Beatles man, who turns 70 on Monday (June 18), headlined the Queen's Diamond Jubilee gig earlier this month and has now spoken to the Daily Telegraph about how much he admires the long-serving monarch.
Asked what he thought of The Queen, McCartney said: "She is the rock'n'roll queen. Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II, it's gonna be The Beatles."
He continued: "To kids of our generation, she was a very attractive young woman, taking on this huge responsibility. She seemed very human. We all felt really proud of her. She's fabulous. I’ve got a lot of time for her."
McCartney also spoke about his ode to the Queen 'Your Majesty' and said it represented just how far things have come in the way people are allowed to exercise freedom of speech.
He said: "It's just a cheeky little song. It sort of sums up how things have changed, doesn’t it? You can write songs like that and not get sent to the Tower."
Then asked if he approved of the Royals, McCartney added: "I totally understand the republican point of view but then I think if they got rid of the royals, who are you gonna replace them with? A politician? I’m not sure that would be an improvement."
Earlier today, it was revealed that Paul Weller will release a new cover of The Beatles' 'Birthday' on Monday (June 18) to help celebrate Paul McCartney's 70th birthday.
The Modfather has recorded a cover of the Fab Four's 1968 track, which served as the opening track on the second disc of 'The White Album' and will release it on Monday as a download single with all the proceeds going to War Child. The track will only be available for purchase on Monday.
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