“Born yesterday” is not a phrase one would usually associate with David Bowie, but in fact he was—back in 1947.

In honor of the occasion, we present this photo of the rock-and-roll icon giving a royal wave—or dictatorial salute—from the back of his Mercedes-Benz 600 Landaulet of the type favored by kings and popes.

David Bowie in his Mercedes limousine in London 1976

He had just arrived at Victoria Station, London, in May of 1976 following his North American tour, the year he introduced his “Thin White Duke” persona.

At that time in his life, Bowie has said that he lived on a steady diet of “cocaine, red peppers and milk.”

Considering how spry he still looks at the age of 65, there might be something in that…