The story of how Queen Isabel handled an encounter with an American hiker who didn’t recognize her, told by a former bodyguard who was with her that day, revealed the funny side of her personality that the public rarely saw.
Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch and a figure on the world stage for seven decades, has died at one of her residences in Scotland at the age of 96.
The monarch was in the hills near her Scottish Balmoral castle when two vacationing American tourists approached and one of them struck up a conversation with her, former royal protection officer Richard Griffin said.
The hiker asked the queen where she lived, to which she replied London, but added that she had a holiday home just over the hill and had been visiting the area for more than 80 years, ever since she was a child. . She did not say that she was referring to Balmoral.
Aware that the castle was nearby, the hiker then asked him if he had met the queen, Griffin said.
“Quick as lightning, she said: ‘I haven’t, however Dick (Griffin) meets with her regularly,'” the man told Sky News during Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary celebrations earlier this month. of this year.
The hiker then asked Griffin what the monarch looked like in person. “Because I was with her for a long time and knew she could joke around, I told her, ‘She can be very cranky at times, but she has a lovely sense of humor,’” he noted.
Delighted, the hiker put his arm around Griffin’s shoulder and asked if they could take a picture. “Before he could react, he takes her camera and hands it to the queen and says, ‘can you take a picture of us?'”
The queen agreed, and then Griffin took the camera and took a photo of her with the hikers.
Later, Griffin said, the queen told him: “I would love to be a fly when he shows those pictures to his friends in America and hopefully someone will tell him who I am.”