If you ever bump into Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, here’s one thing you should never do.
Her Majesty has a long history of public appearances and meeting international dignitaries. But there’s just one thing she cannot stand when entering a room full of people – and that’s being met with awkward silence.
Contrary to popular belief, the 94-year-old monarch is shy by nature. She finds it difficult to deal with the "hush" reaction she receives when she steps into a room full of guests, The Sun reports.
Royal author Adam Helliker reveals the queen would love to slip into a room without being noticed.
"One summer day she asked me to join her on a walk at Balmoral," Adam says. "She talked about how irritating it was to go into a party and, as she put it, watch people peel away, like the water parting as the bow of a ship ploughed through it."
The queen, who has been voted Britain’s favourite royal family member, sometimes wished she wasn’t greeted with the "inevitable hush".
This is also the reason why her husband, Prince Philip, is known for his social gaffes which were often an attempt to break the ice and put her at ease, Express UK reports.
"He’s trying to say the right thing, sometimes it doesn’t come out quite right," royal expert Richard Kay explains. "He’s always taken the view that his role is an ice-breaker. The queen is actually remarkably shy."
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