Sas head of the royal household, public missions, official visits and longer trips abroad are an essential part of the role. When Queen Elizabeth II visited a kindergarten in Busselton, Australia, on one of her many trips, she was in for a surprise.
As Queen Reigning of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for 70 years, she is a familiar face to much of the world’s population.
This does not mean that everyone knows her as well. For 5 year olds from one class to Vasse Primary School in Australia, not everyone had steel control over what the queen looked like.
The children’s curiosity still shone, and they wondered who had come to visit – and weren’t afraid to ask who she was.
“Who’s the grandmother?”
Queen Elizabeth has embarked on a trip to Australia with her husband, Prince Philip. The Vasse Primary School incident took place in March 2000 and was widely covered in the newspapers.
When the queen entered the classroom, one of the children exclaimed: “Who’s the grandmother?” despite the fact that the teacher had tried to prepare the children for the royal visit.
By all accounts, the queen was not used to not be recognized when she walks into a room.
“What’s your name?” asked one of the girls in the class, to which the queen is not supposed to have answered, and the film shows her getting confused. A boy named Jake was also clearly confused by the visit.
I took it in a good mood
Queen Elizabeth is said to have taken it all in good spirits. Then she thanked for a nice trip to Australia.
– Prince Philip and I received the warmest welcome from everyone we met, whatever their views and ambitions for the future of the country. We met people from different backgrounds, ages and life paths, she says gratefully.
The news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II fell on Thursday, September 8. She died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, aged 96.
In March 2020, the story of the primary school was again highlighted in several media outlets on the 20th anniversary of the incident, and broke again following the death of the Queen.
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