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Queen hosts British music reception, but doesn't recognize some famous guests

The Queen met four of Britain's most famous guitarists Tuesday, asking them: "And what do you do?"

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Brian May of the group Queen, were all guests at a Buckingham Palace party to honour the British music industry. "It's great to meet her and it doesn't matter at all that she did not know who we are or what we do. I wouldn't expect her to," Clapton said after introducing himself to the Queen.

Other guests at Tuesday's royal reception included Welsh teenage pop star Charlotte Church, singers Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey, The Who's Roger Daltry and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Another guest, recording artist Phil Collins, said it was the not the first time he had met the Queen.

"The Queen has heard my music but I don't know if she's a fan," Collins said.

Queen Elizabeth with Phil Collins
Queen Elizabeth with Phil Collins

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets singer Phil Collins during a reception she hosted at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday 1 March 2005. The all-star gathering for major names in the music business, was a royal tribute to Britain's music industry.

Phil Collins
Phil Collins


Singer Phil Collins arrives for a reception hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday 1 March 2005. The all-star gathering for major names in the music business, is a royal tribute to Britain's music industry.

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