Her Majesty makes light work of US tourists who asked her ‘Have you ever met the Queen?’


THE QUEEN’s quick-wittedness was on show when she was asked a confusing question by US tourists at Balmoral.

Her Majesty, 95, was approached by an American tourist group as she enjoyed a stroll on her Aberdeenshire estate. Richard Griffin, former royal protection officer, described the chance encounter.

She conceded she had a house nearby.

The tourists then asked: “Have you ever met the Queen?”

Pointing at the policeman, the Queen replied: “No. But he has.”

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Her Majesty makes light work of US tourists who asked her ‘Have you ever met the Queen?’ (Image: Getty)

The tourists plodded on unaware they had met the Queen herself.

Mr Griffin worked with the Royal Family for over 30 years.

A favourite story of the late Prince Philip also shows the sharp mind of Elizabeth II.

Her humour came to the rescue in an awkward encounter with the former First Lady of France Madame Yvonne de Gaulle.

In an official visit to the United Kingdom between April 5 and April 8 in 1960, France’s third longest-serving President and his wife met the Queen.

A guest asked the French President’s wife what she was most looking forward to in her upcoming retirement.

Helliker told The Sun: “With great elaboration, as she didn’t speak much English, she replied: ‘A penis’.”

“An awkward silence then ensued for some time, until the Queen herself came to the rescue, and she said with a broad grin: ‘Ah, happiness’.”


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