THERE was more than a touch of glamour in the air when two legendary drag queens met for the first time.

Darcelle XV, the world’s oldest working drag queen, flew in from America to meet Brighton’s Maisie Trollette, aka David Raven.

The occasion was Maisie’s 85th birthday.

Darcelle XV is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the oldest working drag queen.

The pair met at Legends Bar in Marine Parade, Brighton, on Monday evening.

Darcelle XV, 88, whose real name is Walter W Cole, from Portland, Oregon, gave Maisie a pair of diamond earrings as a birthday gift.

The historic meeting was part of a documentary which focuses on the life of Maisie, who is renowned on the club scene and party circuit.

His sharp wit and sense of humour has brought laughter to audiences for more than 60 years.

Maisie said he was absolutely thrilled to be featured in the film.

He said: “I have been performing as myself and a drag artiste for more than 60 years.

“I have travelled to many places, including as far away as Australia.

“It was a real pleasure to meet Walter and it is very inspiring to know that he is still performing.

“It was absolutely delightful for Walter to fly all the way from America to meet me.

“I am very active on the cabaret scene. I am very lucky to be in Brighton because of the support.

“I am a fundraiser for charities such as Sussex Beacon HIV and victims of the Grenfell fire disaster.”

Maisie said age has not stopped him from performing.

He said: “I really enjoy what I do. I keep myself busy and that’s what keeps me going.

“I give advice to artistes who are starting out, you need to work hard and be committed.

“For me, politeness has helped me along the way. I never swear in any of my performances.”

Phill Jones, 34, production assistant of Proper Charlie Productions in Brighton, said: “We started the filming two years ago when it was believed Maisie was the longest working drag queen.

“But when the Guinness World Records came out, it turned out Darcelle XV is the oldest. They met online first. They then met each other face to face as men and on Monday they performed together at Legends.

“Their meeting is a very good way to celebrate Maisie’s birthday.

“We wanted to show Maisie’s success and what he has undergone.

“Years ago it was very anti-gay so the documentary also reveals how Maisie had dealt with the negativity, and how he has emerged as a well-loved and successful performer.

“He is definitely a very strong person.”