Queen Elizabeth dressed down for a leisurely stroll in Scotland. What happened next has left the internet in splits.
Queen Elizabeth may not be known for her sense of humor but there is no denying the fact that she is in fact, the queen of wits! There have been many instances of her pranking unsuspecting strangers. Her fun-loving side surfaced during a recent incident and the internet had a collective meltdown.
The 93-year-old queen was at the Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland for a leisurely stroll with one of her protection officers Richard Griffin, when she came across some American tourists. She was not dressed as her usual self in bright colors. In fact, unlike most of her public appearances, she chose greyish-hues, tweeds and a headscarf for her walk at the Scottish castle, reports the Mirror.
According to The Times, Griffin revealed that the monarch likes to go off the radar sometimes and have a low-key lifestyle when she is on a break. She dresses in more reserved outfits as opposed to the bright-hued, ornamented dresses she is otherwise known for.
Speaking about the incident, Griffin narrated that a group of American tourists failed to recognize her during her stroll around the Balmoral Castle. Since she did not want to blow her cover, she engaged in a small and rather funny conversation with them.
Here's how it went.
They asked if she lives around the area and she replied saying that she has a house here. They went on to ask her if she has met the queen to which she quipped, "No, but this policeman has," gesturing towards Mr. Griffin.
Richard Griffin who has worked with the Royal family for 30 years, admits that during her trips to Balmoral in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the Queen famously enjoys a low-profile lifestyle. He said that the American group of tourists were completely unaware to whom they were talking.
The queen's sense of style and fashion is famous across the globe and has been acclaimed by fashion critics more often than not. She is known for her colorful, adequately embellished structured dresses and elaborate hats when she is out in the public. In his 2011 biography, Our Queen royal biographer Robert Hardman described her as "engagingly modest." He wrote, "My favorite remark she ever said was: 'I can't ever wear beige because nobody will know who I am.'"
However, he revealed that she likes to dress down and maintain a low-key lifestyle when she is on a break; so she chooses pared-back clothes, headscarves, and wellies.
According to The Telegraph, in tribute to Her Majesty, Hardman was quoted as saying, "Clearly she is the most famous woman in the world, I think that goes without question these days. But way beyond that, there is a sense that she is this constant in national life. To other countries around the world, she is extraordinary. I think perhaps we take her slightly for granted here because we are so used to her. It is the fact that throughout it all, she is exactly the same character.