The story about unsuspecting American tourists who were “served” by Queen Elizabeth has prompted a storm on social media following her former protection officer Richard Griffin’s revelations. As the man, who worked with her for more than 30 years, told the British outlet The Times, the monarch once went for a walk near Balmoral, Scotland, wearing tweeds and a headscarf, making it difficult to recognise her.
When a group of tourists from the US reportedly bumped into her, they started questioning the royal, asking if she lived nearby and if she had ever met the Queen. She did not blow her cover and responded that she had a house nearby.
Answering about meeting the Queen, she replied, pointing at her officer: "No, but this policeman has”. According to the latter, the travellers continued their journey, completely oblivious to who they had just bumped into.
Many on social media gave the royal a two thumbs up for trolling.
Love her Majesty. Such a sense of humour. 😉 https://t.co/4Ryfv5b5ND— Alison Tomsett (@AlisonTomsett) September 2, 2019
Good for you your Majesty.😀🇬🇧🇺🇸— Diana Fry (@DianaFr63278671) September 1, 2019
Queen cracks joke when group of tourists fail to recognise her— Kurt Gerhardt (@Foolkiller82) August 31, 2019
Nice one Your Maj! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/r8Ld5I5GjG
Gotta, love her!— British & Commonwealth Mil (2CG) 💂🇬🇧 🇲🇾 🇳🇿 (@BritComMil) September 1, 2019
And god bless her cotton socks! #GBTQ
This is so funny. Reminds me of when Princess Diana met three German men in the sauna at the Craigendarroch resort while at Balmoral. They told her they were there on business and hoped to see Princess Diana. She laughed all the way back to the castle https://t.co/gbmNt494ey— The Royal Chef (@DarrenMcGrady) September 1, 2019
It's not just that she's our hereditary Morach the woman is a cool as a cucumber and has a great sense of humour #GodSavetheQueen— Alex Mackenzie (@alexmackenzie13) August 31, 2019
Queen's funny quip when hapless tourists failed to recognise her at Balmoral https://t.co/h3mRCimOlZ
However, as some meticulous commenters have pointed out this story sounds familiar.
This story ha been going around for donkey years— Freda (@LeanneMclough) August 31, 2019