In the programme, which aired on ITV last Thursday, journalist Robert Hardman and former foreign secretary Lord David Owen recalled why Queen Elizabeth II hurried into the bushes of the Buckingham Palace gardens. The escapade occurred during a visit by a Romanian dictator and his wife to Buckingham Palace in 1978 for a state visit.
The Queen was reportedly not too fond of this particular visit, with Lord Owen claiming the Romanian leader was “too much for her”.
It is said that the Queen was taking her corgis out for a walk in the palace gardens, and at one point spotted the couple coming the other way.
Rather than have a conversation with the guests, the Queen is said to have hidden in a bush to avoid them.
Hardman said that it was the only time in her life that the Queen had taken this approach to avoiding guests.
He said: “So for the first and only time in her life, she actually hides in a bush in the Palace garden to avoid her own guests.”
ITV’s four-part documentary into the royal family, called “Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals”, makes use of rare footage as well as historical reports.
It documents Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from her coronation in 1953 up to the present.
Each episode in the documentary focuses on a particular theme. The first, titled “Love and Duty”, looks at the relationships those in the royal family have had over several decades.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s spokesman has confirmed that the Queen will not be embarking on her usual May visit to Balmoral this month, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sunday Post reports that the 94-year-old monarch usually travels to Scotland around this time of year to check up on her 50,000-acre Balmoral estate.
However, the Post added that the Queen may still visit Scotland this year, perhaps in July or August, depending on whether the government’s travel restrictions are changed by then.
Balmoral Castle has been the Royal Family’s home in Scotland since 1852, though the current castle wasn’t fully completed until 1856.
But royal visits aren’t the Queen’s only concern caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
It’s reported that the monarch’s financial income could be hit sharply this year due to a fall in tourism.
In a memo to Palace staff seen by the Sun, Earl Peel wrote: “There are undoubtedly very difficult times ahead and we realise many of you will be concerned.”
The newspaper claims that the Queen could lose as much as £17.8 million this year, although it is unclear when tourism will resume to its prior levels.
However, Graham Smith, Chief Executive of Republic, said that the loss of income wouldn’t directly affect the royal family but rather would take its toll on palace staff.
ITV reports that Mr Smith said: “The annual grant will remain at least as high as the previous year, because the law says it can’t go down.”
Published at Mon, 25 May 2020 00:22:00 +0000