The earliest ever work written by Paul McCartney – an essay in praise of the Queen – has been unearthed.
His Coronation Day story, entered in a Liverpool writing contest when he was ten in 1953, earned him a book token presented to him in public by the city's mayor.
In it the future megastar describes the sovereign as "the lovely, young Queen Elizabeth".
He also wrote that Britain's "present day royalty rules with affection rather than force."
Some 16 years later, Macca was still writing about the monarch.
His song Her Majesty, featuring the lyrics "Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, some day I'm going to make her mine", was recorded for the Abbey Road LP.
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