The time two American tourists collided with the queen and didn’t recognize her

The time two American tourists collided with the queen and didn't recognize her


Former royal bodyguard Richard Griffin recalls the time two Americans thought the Queen was someone else (Picture: Sky News/Getty)

An ex-royal security official recalled the moment the Queen collided with two American tourists, who somehow did not recognize her.

Richard Griffin was on a picnic with the Emperor at Balmoral when he encountered the couple, who were on a walk.

‘The queen would always stop and say hello … from the moment we first stopped, it was clear that they did not recognize [her]’ he told Sky News.

The American man began by telling the royal about his plans for the vacation and what the pair hope to do next, before asking where she lives.

Mr Griffin recalled: ‘She said, “Well, I live in London, but I have a vacation house on the other side of the hills.”

The tourist then asked the Queen how long she had been visiting the area, and she replied that she had been doing so for over ’80 years, ever since. [she] Was a little girl’.

‘Well, if you’re coming from 80, you must have met the queen?’ He had asked, no one is intelligent.

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Quick as a flash, the Queen admitted she had not added: ‘Dickie meets here regularly’. This prompted the traveler to turn to Mr. Griffin, eager for an answer.

“She can be very stubborn at times, but she has a lovely sense of humour,” Griffin said.

Still oblivious to the fact that he was in the presence of royalty, the tourist threw his hand around the bodyguard, and pushed his camera into the Queen’s hand, asking if she would mind taking a photo for him. .

The Queen obliged, before she and her bodyguards said goodbye to the Americans.

Once the tourists were out of the noise, he turned to Mr Griffin and said: ‘I would love to be a fly on the wall when he shows those pictures to friends in America. Hope someone tells him who I am.

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