American Tourists Once Met The Queen and Had No Idea Who She Was

During the Platinum Jubilee celebration, those closest to Queen Elizabeth shared humorous anecdotes to mark her historic 70 years on the British throne. One such story was told by former Royal Protection officer Richard Griffin, who shed light on the Queen’s dry sense of humor. Griffin revealed that the Queen once played a prank on two American tourists who didn’t recognize her. Coming across the American hikers one day while they were walking around the grounds of Balmoral Castle — the Queen’s holiday home in Scotland — the Queen stopped to say hello. It was clear from the moment they stopped that they didn’t recognize the Queen. Griffin said one of the Americans began telling the Queen where they came from and what sites they had visited in Great Britain. Then, he asked the Queen where she lived. “Well, I live in London, but I’ve got a holiday home just on other other side of the hills,” replied the Queen. When the Queen told the American she had been coming up to Balmoral Castle for over 80 years, the hiker asked if she had ever met Queen Elizabeth. "Well I haven't, but Dick here meets her regularly," the Queen replied, referring to Griffin.