According to reports, there was this one time when Queen Elizabeth went to extreme lengths to avoid meeting a dictator on a state visit to the United Kingdom.
But, have you wondered about why was she trying not to meet this man?
He was the Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. He was on an official four-day visit to the country in the year 1978. As part of a full state visit, the communist leader was welcomed by Her Majesty London’s Victoria.
But, there was something going on in the Queen’s mind.
According to one of the royal authors, Robert Hardman who also penned the book ‘Our Queen’, the 92 year-old reigning monarch desperately wanted to keep the meetings only to official engagements.
It’s not over yet. She was so keen to avoid any conversation with the Romanian dictator that she once hid behind a bush. Mr Hardman said:-
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“Queen Elizabeth was walking her dogs in the Buckingham Palace’s gardens, when she spotted Ceausescu and his wife, Elena. It was something she did not wanted to happen”.
“They were actually heading towards Her Majesty’s direction. And so, to avoid meeting the violent diplomat, she hid behind a bush at Buckingham Palace”.
The Queen told a lunch guest about it some years later.
The Romanian leader, Ceausescu was later tried and convicted of economic sabotage and genocide. And then, he was executed with his wife by a firing squad.
He served concurrently as the general secretary of the Romanian Communist Party, the president of Roumania and the president of the state council from the year 1974 to 1989.
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Before his trial in the year 1989, Ceausescu ordered his military forces to open fire on protesters. This lead to a mass killing and injured a lot of citizens.