In 1960, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison formed The Beatles, the rock band that turned out to be one of the most influential music acts in music history. The band has had more number one albums and sold more singles in the UK than any other music act, has won 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and still hold the record for most number one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20 hits.
While waiting to receive their MBE medals from the Queen, The Beatles smoked weed in the Buckingham Palace bathroom.
Is It True?
On October 26, 1965, the legendary band was to collect their MBE (Members of the British Empire) medals from the Queen. The legend started in 1970 with John Lennon claiming that the group smoked pot in the palace bathroom before the ceremony: “To start with, we wanted to laugh. But when it happens to you, when you are being decorated, you don’t laugh anymore. We, however, were giggling like crazy because we had just smoked a joint in the loos of Buckingham…The Queen said something like ‘ooh, ah, blah, blah’ we didn’t quite understand…”
The tale was widely believed for many years until it was debunked by George Harrison: “We never smoked marijuana at the investiture. What happened was we were waiting to go through, standing in an enormous line with hundreds of people, and we were so nervous that we went to the toilet. And in there we smoked a cigarette…Years later, I think John was thinking back and remembering, ‘Oh yes, we went in the toilet and smoked,’ and it turned into a reefer. Because what could be the worst thing you could do before you meet the Queen? Smoke a reefer? But we never did.”
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