October 26th 1965 – The Beatles receive their MBE medals from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The Beatles arrive at the palace in John’s black Rolls Royce. 2 years later, John had it repainted in very bright psychedelic colours. I wonder how that would have looked arriving at Buckingham Palace!
In this clip below the car is seen leaving from outside Waddon House, William’s Mews, Knightsbridge, where George and Ringo had lived for a time. Paul and Ringo are picked up from Ringo’s flat in Montagu Square, where they are photographed on the steps, waiting for the car to arrive.
The car is driven by Beatles chauffeur Alf Bicknell.
After they left the Palace, the Beatles attended a press conference at the Savile Theatre, which had just been bought by Brian Epstein.
Many years later, John Lennon told a French newspaper journalist that the Beatles had smoked a marijuana joint each in the Buckingham Palace toilets to calm their nerves. This ‘confession’ was probably one of John’s ways of destroying the Beatles ‘nice guy’ image when the Beatles were breaking up, and almost certainly didn’t happen. John then sent his MBE back to the Queen, in protest of Britain’s involvement in the Biafra war and America in Vietnam.