Her Majesty was reportedly involved in an awkward incident in May 1991. It was when she was denied access to the royal Windsor Horse Show by a security guard.
The security guard, who allegedly explained ‘sorry love, you can’t come in without a sticker’, when she tried to enter. Surprising, isn’t it?
Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was born on 21 April, 1926, and became Queen on February 6, 1952. It was after the death of her father, King George VI. She is also the most travelled monarch ever and has been portrayed in a variety of films and television programmes over the years.
So, can you imagine a person not recognising the Queen?
Well, yes. According to reports from 1991, a man failed to recognise Queen Elizabeth and refused to let her in at the royal Windsor Horse Show. He hold up a hand to stop the black Vauxhall Carlton she had driven. Carl Shimmin, who was working on security, reportedly told her: “Sorry love, you can’t come in without a sticker”.
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Opening the window, Her Majesty rebutted with a smile: “I think, if you just check, I will be allowed to come in”. Explaining afterwards, Mr Shimmin claimed he thought: “She was an old dear, who most certainly had got lost”.
There are some strict guidelines, on meeting with the Queen.
Although, on the official website of the royal family, there are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting Her Majesty. However, it is recommended that on presentation to the Queen, the correct formal address is “Your Majesty” and subsequently “Ma’am”. Despite the breach in protocol, Mr Shimmin claimed ‘she did not seem at all upset’.
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It was not the only time, Queen Elizabeth did not get recognised, though. When Her Majesty was on a walk near the grounds of Balmoral Castle in the year, 2016, US holidaymakers failed to recognise who she actually was.
Seems like unbelievable, isn’t it?
However, it;s quite true. Richard Griffin, one of the Queen’s former protection officers, claimed she played along when the tourists asked “do you live around here”? To this, Queen Elizabeth replied: “Yes, I have house, nearby”.
The most surprising thing that happened on that meeting was when the tourists asked if she had met the Queen. Mr. Griffin said: “She simply gestured towards me and replied: ‘No, but he has'”.