Dolly Parton Shares Vintage Snap from When She Met and Performed for Queen Elizabeth in 1977

In the past few days, we've seen a number of celebs and royal family members commemorating the life of Queen Elizabeth II, following her passing last week at the age of 96. But we nearly missed a post that Dolly Parton shared, which revisited a moment from the ’70s when she got to meet and perform for the late monarch.

In a personal letter posted to Instagram (which was also signed), the “9 to 5” singer wrote, “I had the honor of meeting and performing for Queen Elizabeth II on my trip to London in 1977. She carried herself with grace and strength her entire life. May she Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”

The country music icon signed the message, “Love, Dolly.” And to make it even more special, she included a picture on the following slide that was taken from the moment that she met the queen.

In the snap, Queen Elizabeth smiles as she stands across from Parton, and the “Jolene” crooner is captured beaming right back at her.

Fans adored the pic, and many joked that Parton was a royal along with her. One user commented, “Two queens.” Meanwhile, another said, “From one Queen to Another.”

Dolly Parton smiles on the red carpet.
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It's clear that Parton has always had a respect for the late monarch. Earlier this year, when Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, Parton was one of the people who sent her a special message as a part of the festivities.

In the clip, which can be seen here, the Steel Magnolias actress says, “I wanted to congratulate you on your Platinum Jubilee and your 70th year as monarch...I just wanted to say thank you for being wonderful. You are more than pearls and you are more than platinum. You have been a shining diamond in this world for so long and everybody loves you.” Parton then closed out the speech with a reference to one of her hit songs, saying, “And I will always love you too.”

We shouldn't be surprised that even the queen couldn't resist the charms of Dolly (and vice versa).

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