Since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II people around the world has been sharing their memories of her, from the Xmas speeches to personal meetings.
One such memory shows the late Queen’s mischievous sense of humour, pulling a practical joke on some tourists from the US.
The two American tourists reportedly asked the monarch to take a photo of them at their picnic location close to Balmoral.
- Richard Griffins, Former protection officer
The American man started off by telling The Queen about his vacation plans and asking the royal “and where do you live?”
She playfully replied, “well, I live in London, but I’ve got a holiday home just the other side of the hills”.
The Queen stated that she had been visiting the area for over 80 years “since I was a little girl”. To which the tourist asked, “well if you’ve been coming up here for 80 years, you must have met the Queen?”
Quickly she came back with “well I haven’t, but Dickie here meets her regularly”.
Still oblivious the man turns to Griffins asking “you’ve met the Queen? What’s she like?”. Knowing he could have a little fun with it, he replied “she can be very cantankerous at times, but she’s got a lovely sense of humour”.’
The tourist then got up, passed his camera to The Queen and asked her to take a photo of him and Griffins!
After the interaction, and once they had walked away The Queen turned and said: “I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he shows those photographs to friends in America. Hopefully, someone tells him who I am.”
The 96-year-old monarch passed away ‘peacefully’ at her Balmoral estate on Thursday (08.09.22) afternoon.