The Queen's hilarious prank to American tourists who didn't recognise her

6 June 2022, 10:08 | Updated: 20 June 2022, 11:58

The Queen played a hilarious prank on two tourists who failed to recognise her
The Queen played a hilarious prank on two tourists who failed to recognise her. Picture: Getty

Former protection officer Richard Griffin left royal fans in stitches after revealing she played a hilarious prank on a group of American tourists.

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The Queen may be one of the most famous people in the world, but it seems she still gets away with not being recognised on occasion.

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Former protection officer Richard Griffin has shared a hilarious anecdote of when she encountered two American tourists while walking in her Scottish estate - who failed to realise who she was.

Speaking to Sky News, he said that she had been out for a stroll on the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, dressed in a head scarf and tweeds.

"There were two hikers coming towards us and the Queen would always stop and say hello. It was two Americans on a walking holiday and it was clear they hadn't recognised her, which was fine.

The Queen was wearing a headscarf during the encounter
The Queen was wearing a headscarf during the encounter. Picture: Getty

"The American man asked her if she lived in the area to which she replied that she did indeed have a house nearby.

"She said that she lived in London but had a house just over the hill, and he asked how often she had been coming up here.

"She said she'd been coming up for more than 80 years and you could see the cogs were ticking. He said: 'Well if you've been coming up here for 80 years, you must have met the Queen?'

"As quick as a flash, she said: 'Well I haven't but Dick here meets her regularly.' So the guy asked me what she was like.

"And because I was with her a long time, I could pull her leg, so I said she could be very cantankerous at times, but she's got a lovely sense of humour.

"Anyway the next thing I knew, this guy comes round, puts his arm around my shoulder, and before I could see what is happening, he gives his camera to the Queen and asks her to take a photo of us.

"Anyway, we swapped places, I took a photo of them with the Queen, we never let on and we waved goodbye. Then Her Majesty said to me that she'd love to be a fly on the wall when he shows these photos to his American friends and hopefully someone tells him who I am."