People have shared how they have met the Queen over the years, and one woman has shared how the monarch turned to a classic British subject when she met a stranger – the weather
Video not available
For many of us, meeting the Queen would be a long-awaited event.
But for others it happened out of the blue when they were out walking and encountered Her Majesty.
A woman has shared years later of the Queen’s sweet reaction after meeting her while out walking her beloved corgis.
It comes as a former Royal Protection Officer recounted the time the Queen pranked two American tourists they didn’t recognize.
Harriet Lowtber was studying photography at the Glasgow School of Art when she met the monarch while walking her dogs in 2008.
Ms Lowtber, who was walking near the Queen’s Scottish residence in Aberdeenshire with her friend and a Westie named Sailor, said she “kept her eyes peeled” as the couple could tell a royal was staying at Balmoral.
do you love the royals Sign up for Mirror’s daily newsletter for the latest news on the Queen, Charles, Kate, Wills, Meghan, Harry and the rest of The Firm. Click here to login
“A Range Rover pulled up right in front of our path, we couldn’t avoid it, so we put our little dog on a leash,” said the 36-year-old Wiltshire-based artist and illustrator.
“The Queen had seen a fence post that had fallen and she stopped the car and got out to fix it. She let (her corgis) out and they saw our dog…they started barking at our dog and she heard it.
“She called her dogs and put them in the car and I was like, ‘Oh, she’ll go her way because we’re Joe Public,’ but she didn’t — at that point we were next to her, she was waiting for us and us talked to us.”
Tim Graham/Getty Images)
And of course, Harriet said the Queen has started commenting on the weather – a safe British subject that proves she’s just like the rest of us.
She added, “I’m from the north and I remember saying, ‘I hope it doesn’t rain,’ while trying to speak proper English (accent),” she said. “I was still so close to her and she was a lot smaller than I expected.
“I never thought I would meet the Queen…I wasn’t freaked out, I was just shocked.
“She seemed very nice, very down to earth — she could have jumped in the car and driven off, but she didn’t.”
Ms Lowtber wrote a thank you letter to the Queen as part of a university project and received a reply from her lady waiting for the monarch to have “fond memories” of their meeting.
“I framed that somewhere in my attic,” she said. “I feel bad at parties when people say, ‘Oh, I met Elton John’ or something.
“I’m totally like, ‘I’ve met the Queen.’ It just trumps any famous person, doesn’t it?”
West Yorkshire’s Elisabeth Jennings has met the Queen twice, first photographed in 2002 for the 50th anniversary of the Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap.
“I was volunteering at Equity, the actors’ union, and we were getting ready to go to a conference, so we just went out to eat. I was panicking because I thought there was a bomb alert in London,” Ms Jennings said.
“I spoke to a police officer and said, ‘What’s going on? Is there a bomb alert?’ and he said, ‘No, Her Majesty the Queen is at the performance of The Mousetrap tonight.’
“We went back a little later in the evening and the police officer who spoke to me earlier called me back and said, ‘She’ll be out in 10 minutes,’ and I said, ‘Excuse me? … Oh my God’. “
As the Queen stopped to admire flowers that were being offered to her, Mrs Jennings and her film camera suddenly came face to face with the monarch.
“Her Majesty was standing right in front of me,” she said.
“I said, ‘Excuse me ma’am, may I please?’ – and I ask her if I can take a picture.
“And she nods and flashes a beautiful smile. It’s one of, if not the best photo I’ve ever taken.”
The Queen recalled Ms Jennings’ face five years later when the couple met again in Manchester.
Neil Fleet, 58, was at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in the late 1980s when his father was on the board of the Royal Philharmonic and the Prince’s Trust.
“She remembered us the third time we went there,” Mr Fleet said.
“The Queen has an incredible memory. She will always make you feel like you are the most important person she will talk to that day, even if you only have a few minutes to chat with her.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/queens-comment-woman-who-bumped-27151290 Queen's comment on a woman she met at Balmoral Walking Corgis