A prize-winning essay written by Sir Paul McCartney in 1953 to celebrate the Queen's coronation has been made public.
Penned almost half a century before he received his knighthood and long before the track Her Majesty appeared on the Abbey Road album, the newly discovered piece reveals the former Beatle was an ardent monarchist as a schoolboy.
The 300-word essay, which remained buried in library archives for 56 years, praises "our lovely young Queen" and declares that Britain's "present day royalty rules with affection rather than force", The Times reported.
Thought to be his earliest surviving creative work, it was written when the musician was a 10-year-old pupil at Joseph Williams junior school in Belle Vale, Liverpool. It was then passed to the local Speke Library and won him a book token presented by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
Ken Roache, who came across the essay in the library archives and is also writing a book on the McCartney family, said: "I'm not surprised that it was pro-royalist, bearing in mind attitudes of the time and because his father, James, was a royalist."
The schoolboy compares the happy scenes expected outside Buckingham Palace to the coronation of William the Conqueror nine centuries earlier, when a massacre of Saxons took place. His neat writing reveals the same curly ends on capital letters as those later used on the "B" of "Beatles" on the group's drum skin, which he helped to design.
The essay mentions a coronation cup with Elizabeth II on the front and Elizabeth I on the back, and he concludes it by saying: "After all this bother, many people will agree with me that it was well worth it."