Queen left red-faced by President Reagan in embarrassing blunder ‘couldn’t believe it’

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II was left red-faced by President Ronald Reagan as he accidentally forgot to follow royal etiquette during a tour.

The Queen, 94, had an embarrassing encounter with the 40th US President, Ronald Reagan, during his visit to Britain. President Reagan stayed at Windsor Castle in 1982 with wife, Nancy Reagan. The former film star rode horses in Windsor Greate Park with the Monarch. But a royal expert told ITV’s Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals that he accidentally dropped royal etiquette.

Speaking to ITV, the narrator said: “For anyone meeting the Queen knowing the rules of royal etiquette is essential.

“Guests are, of course, impeccably briefed.

“Though there has been the odd embarrassing moment.”

Veteran royal photographer, Ken Lennox, said: “President Reagan put his hand on the Queen’s lower back to escort her to the ranch. I couldn’t believe it.”

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Queen Elizabeth II was left red-faced after a visit from Ronald Reagan (Image: PA)

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen and Ronald Reagan would go horse riding at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

The revelation comes as the Queen faces eye-watering bills for her luxury lifestyle as one aspect of her royal expenses doesn’t even have a budget, a royal expert has suggested.

The Queen, who recently celebrated her 94th birthday, is known for her lavish lifestyle but her brightly-coloured wardrobe doesn’t have a budget experts have claimed.

The Monarch also owns multiple royal residences which are said to be incredibly expensive to run as one expert described bills as ‘eye-watering’.

The British taxpayer gives the Queen around £70million every year and with the Royal Family’s costs rising the Queen does not appear to be taking a cut on luxuries.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen was embarrassed when President Reagan forgot royal etiquette (Image: GETTY)

Speaking on Spending secrets of the Royal Family, the True Royalty TV narrator said: “Britain’s Royal Family is famed for its traditional ceremonies, dedicated service and lavish spending.”

Royal editor Katie Nicholl added: “Royal residences are incredibly expensive to run and the bills really are eye-watering.”

The narrator continued: “In an age of belt-tightening, their costs keep rising. The taxpayer now gives the Queen more than £70million every year.”

Talking about the Queen’s wardrobe, royal expert David Sassoon said: “There were very specific pieces interesting the Royal Family but there were no budgets.”

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Line of succession (Image: EXPRESS)

Royal butler Paul Burrell has also given insights on Her Majesty’s wardrobe which has its own room in Buckingham Palace.

The Queen stores her clothes upstairs and handpicks her outfits from sketches every morning.

Mr Burrell told Yahoo’s Royal Box: “She has to have her outfits brought down to her, all her clothes are kept on the top floor.

“Her dresser will bring down in the morning two outfits, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool.

“The one the Queen picks is the one which is brught downstairs from up above so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK