Queens prank on tourists at Balmoral leaves Royal Family fans in stitches

The Queen has been hailed for a prank she played at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, with a former protection officer recounting the hilarious incident during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A now viral retelling of the stitch-up from former protection officer Richard Griffin revisited an encounter the Queen had with American tourists at the Aberdeen-based castle.

Her Majesty had been out for a stroll in the grounds of the royal castle, and amused herself when a pair of American tourists didn't realise the 96-year-old monarch was nearby.

At the time, the Queen had been dressed down in her tweed attire and was wearing a headscarf, making it hard to recognise her.

Recalling the hilarious event, Griffin, speaking to Sky News, said: "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 American man asked her if she lived in the area to which she replied that she did indeed have a house nearby.

"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?"

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The former protection officer continued: "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.

"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."

The now-viral story, which The Mirror reports was shared by thousands of people celebrating the Jubilee, marked a "lovely" anecdote about the Queen, one Twitter user wrote.

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