Two of the most iconic women of the twentieth century, Marilyn and Queen Elizabeth II were born just weeks apart in 1926, and would finally meet thirty years later. In October 1956, Marilyn attended a Royal Film Performance of The Battle of the River Plate at the Empire Theatre on London’s Leicester Square, where her low-cut, clinging gown was slammed by fellow guest Joan Crawford, and praised by Brigitte Bardot.
Marilyn was near the end of a four-month stay in England while filming The Prince and the Showgirl. Her escort that evening was husband Arthur Miller. She reportedly chatted with the Queen about being ‘neighbours’ in Windsor Park (Marilyn was living at Parkside House in Egham, Surrey.)
Elizabeth looked stunning that night, and may even have jotted down her impressions in a diary entry.
“Throughout her 68-year rule, Elizabeth, 94, has recorded her impressions of all she’s seen and the many people she’s met, from heads of state to movie stars, in her diary. ‘Every night before going to sleep, she’ll put pen to paper and write about her inner feelings,’ a royal insider tells Closer (USA).
‘Her diary is deemed almost as valuable as the crown jewels,’ says the insider, who reveals where it’s kept, what’s inside and the one person who’s read it. Naturally, the queen is protective of the diary, which is kept in a locked black leather case and accompanies her everywhere. When at Buckingham Palace, she ‘keeps her diary in a vault only she has access to,’ informs the insider. She’s even gone so far as to have aides destroy the blotting paper she’s used to dab the ink so that no one can try to read it.
‘Aside from Prince Philip, no one has read Queen Elizabeth’s diary,’ the insider says, ‘and even he has only seen a few extracts.’ Still, according to the source, the queen has likely written about how ‘starstruck’ she was when she met Marilyn Monroe, who was ‘even prettier in the flesh’ than in her movies.”
Marilyn was also introduced to the Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret. They talked about Arthur Miller’s latest play, A View From the Bridge, which had recently opened at a private members’ club, after falling foul of the censors due to its homosexual themes. The rebellious royal duly saw the play shortly after, raising eyebrows in the British press.