When you imagine the Queen, you imagine an elderly lady surrounded by a wall of towering and imposing bodyguards, but that’s just not the case.
The Queen has always been a great lover of the outdoors, as well as someone who values her space and privacy.
Every summer, the Queen moves the royal household to Balmoral Castle in Scotland where she stays from July to September or early October.
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Balmoral Castle is where the Queen comes to relax
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During her time spent at the Scottish castle in Aberdeenshire, which was originally bought by her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert in 1852, the Queen is often spotted out walking- usually with her beloved corgis.
While the public is used to seeing the 95-year-old monarch dressed in a vibrantly coloured hat and coat combination, it is entirely possible that she could fade into the background when she appears out of context.
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And that is exactly what happened to a group of unwitting American tourists when they came across the Queen walking with an undercover police officer around the estate.
Richard Griffin, a former royal protection officer, told the Times about the encounter, as well as the Queen’s brilliant response.
Griffin explained that the Queen was out walking around the grounds and was wearing a simple headscarf and tweed coat.
Griffin continued that the group of tourists approached the Queen and asked her whether she lived locally, to which she responded that she had a house nearby.
The Queen could easily go unrecognised without her trademark bright hat and coat
The group are then said to have asked whether she had actually met the Queen herself, to which the Queen’s well-renowned sense of humour came to the fore.
“No, but this policeman has,” she reportedly answered, gesturing to her protection officer.
The group then went on about their business, entirely unaware that they themselves had now met, and spoken to the Queen.
This is not the first time the Queen’s humour was unveiled. Earlier this year at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, the Queen opted to make this visit one the locals would not forget.
The Queen’s sense of humour is brilliant
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One royal duty that has been carried out more times by the Queen than anyone else is cutting a cake to celebrate the official visit.
But the Queen was in a seemingly mischievous mood that day and, instead of cutting the cake with the knife provided, took the ceremonial sword from an officer and used that to cut the cake.
When reminded that there was a knife next to her, the Queen quickly rebuffed: “I know there is!”
As she sliced down, the Queen remarked: “This is something slightly more unusual,” much to the amusement of the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the other visitors.
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