Everything You Want To Know About The Time Queen Met The Queen In 1974 (And Everyone Believed It) 

By | September 8, 2022

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British rock band Queen posing with a woman, September 1974. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Queen, the group that would give us "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You," met the Queen in 1974 -- there's a picture to prove it. It's Queen with Queen Elizabeth II -- but is this real life, or is it fantasy? The photo became an internet sensation and obsession. You just don't see the Queen hanging with rock stars -- sure, she might shake the hand of Sir Mick or Sir Paul at an event, but a group shot with the whole band -- even the drummer? That's rather fannish of the Queen, isn't it... and rather fannish of Queen as well.

Here’s the thing, that’s not the Queen. Even though people are convinced that she stopped for a photo opportunity with the band, that’s just not the case. Some people believe that it’s not even a real person and that it’s actually a wax figure. While the copyright behind the photo provides some insight into the story, just how this group came together is a mystery. 

Queen Hadn’t Hit Their Peak When This Photo Was Taken

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British rock band Queen posing with actress and Queen Elizabeth II look-alike, Jeannette Charles, September 1974. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Take a look at the hair, the clothes, and the band’s boyish good looks. They were barely into their first decade as a group when the photo was taken. Tracking the photo to its source shows that the picture was snapped in September 1974, a few months before releasing "Sheer Heart Attack," their third album.

In September the band was working on "Sheer Heart Attack" and getting ready to head out on the road for five months to promote it. They’d leave in October of ’74 and aside from a few weeks off here and there they didn’t return home until May 1975.