Paul McCartney Essay Found 50 Years Later

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A British researcher found an essay written by former Beatle Paul McCartney when he was 10 years old. The 1953 contest was for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In the essay, McCartney called her "our lovely young queen."

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

It was an early crowning moment for Sir Paul McCartney. In 1953, he won a prize for an essay celebrating the coronation of Elizabeth II, an essay just discovered in a scrapbook at the Liverpool Public Library. The 10-year-old future Beatle seemed genuinely enamored of the quote, "lovely, young queen." Years later on "Abbey Road," he added this.

(Soundbite of "Her Majesty")

Sir PAUL MCCARTNEY (Singer/Songwriter): (Singing) Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl, but she doesn't have a lot to say. Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl...

MONTAGNE: It's MORNING EDITION.

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