They are some of the most well-known people in the world – towering representatives of royalty, entertainment and politics.
Whilst Her Majesty had already been on the throne for 14 years in the year England won the World Cup for the first and, so far, only time, our current Prime Minister was only just turning two.
McCartney and his friends John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were topping the musical charts in the Beatles, whilst Jagger was doing the same with the Rolling Stones.
Screen star Collins had already appeared in 25 films, whilst Mirren was just starting out with her starring performances in the National Youth Theatre.
Prince Charles, who would turn 18 in November 1966, spent two terms at a grammar school in Victoria, Australia, that year.
As for MailOnline columnist Piers Morgan, he would turn one in March – three months before Bobby Charlton and his footballing colleagues triumphed over East Germany at the old Wembley Stadium.
Below, MailOnline has shown how some of our best-known stars looked both then – and now.
Whilst Her Majesty had already been on the throne for 14 years in the year England won the World Cup for the first and, so far, only time, our current Prime Minister was only just turning two. Left: The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in 1966, the year she turned 40. Right: Her Majesty, who is now 95, visits the set of Coronation Street on Thursday
In 1966, Joan Collins had already appeared in 25 films as her acting career went from strength to strength. She is seen left that year with her children Sacha and Tara. Right: Dame Joan, now aged 88, attends the premiere of ‘Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story’ at the start of this month
Boris Johnson is seen above left in 1966, the year he turned two. It was as a small child that the domineering blonde-haired tearaway is said to have declared that he wanted to be ‘world king’ when he grew up. Fifty-three years later, he came as close as he will ever get to achieving his wish by becoming Prime Minister. Right: The PM in the House of Commons last week
Prince Charles, who would turn 18 in November 1966, spent two terms at a grammar school in Victoria, Australia, that year. He is seen left at a polo match in Jamaica in August, when he was still aged 17. Right: The Queen’s eldest son and heir is seen attending a service for the Centenary of the Church in Wales at St David’s Cathedral earlier this week
Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan is seen sitting on top of a barrel when he was a young child in 1966. The future star turned one in March that year. He was born in Surrey but his family moved to Sussex a few months after his birth.
In 1966, Joanna Lumley was making her name as a model. She is seen above posing in a close-fitting outfit for Dorothy Perkins. Lumley appeared in an early episode of the Bruce Forsyth show that year. Her acting career began in 1966 when she was given an uncredited role in the film Some Girls Do. She then appeared as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969. Right: Lumley, who is now aged 75, in June
Singer Lulu, who is now aged 72, found fame early after being signed to Decca Records when she was just 14. In 1966, she toured Poland with the Hollies, becoming the first British female singer to appear live behind the Iron Curtain. Right: Lulu performs during the Miss World final in London in December 2019
In 1966, McCartney and his friends John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were topping the musical charts as the Beatles. Their song Yellow Submarine made it to Number 1 that year. Left: McCartney with his bandmates on the Top of the Pops in 1966. Right: McCartney in the recording studio in March this year. The star is now aged 79
There’s nothing like a dame – and 20-year-old Helen Mirren wasn’t one back in 1966 when she starred on the West End stage in the title role of Cleopatra (left). Fast forward 55 years and the 75-year-old has become one of Britain’s best-loved actresses and been recognised by the Queen for her work. She is seen right at Cannes this week
Michael Caine was already 10 years into his stellar acting career when he starred in hit film Alfie (left), making him one of the faces of the Swinging Sixties and seeing him nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. The England team might have failed to reach their 1966 heights since but Caine’s career went from strength to strength with two supporting actor Oscars coming his way. Now 88, (pictured right last year), the Cockney legend is still making films
Mick Jagger formed the Rolling Stones with Brian Jones, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman in 1962. By 1966, the group were already world famous. Left: Jagger that year. Right: The singer in December 2019. He is now 77
When he started his music career, Cliff Richard used his real name – Harry Webb. By 1966, he was already moved by his strong Christian faith to consider giving up his rock and roll career altogether. Right: The star on Piers Morgan’s life stories in October last year