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Why the Queen was the mother of all trolls

This royal “punking” shamed Ashton Kutcher.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II aged 96 on Thursday, royals’ friends and admirers flocked to remember her countless iconic moments. One of the more hilarious stories told by her bodyguard at the Queen’s Jubilee came after the quick-witted monarch trolled two US tourists she didn’t recognize in her own home.

“There were two walkers coming our way and the Queen would always stop and say hello,” said former Conservation Officer Richard Griffin said SKY News in a resurfaced clip of the eye-opening encounter that took place while walking with Elizabeth outside Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Put in the theme song “Undercover Boss”! Since the monarch wore a headscarf and a tweed jacket at the time, tourists took her for an ordinary visitor.

“There were two Americans on a walking vacation and it was obvious they didn’t recognize them, which was fine,” Griffin said at the Platinum Jubilee in June. “The American asked her if she lived in the area, to which she replied that she actually had a house nearby.”

Refusing to give up her cover, Elizabeth coyly replied “that she lived in London but had a house just over the hill,” added the bewildered bodyguard.

The unsuspecting tourist then asked the incognito monarch how long she’d been coming, to which she quipped that she’s been visiting the area for about 80 years, according to Griffin’s account.

While that cheeky hint got the “wheels” turning, according to Griffin, the unsuspecting tourist still didn’t recognize his famous acquaintance.

“He said: Well, if you’ve been coming here for 80 years, you must have met the Queen?” The security detail evoked that moment when it pays to look your palm in the face.

One of the Queen's former bodyguards recalled the time she epicly fooled two unsuspecting US tourists.
One of Queen Elizabeth’s former bodyguards recalled the time she epically fooled two unsuspecting US tourists.
"There were two Americans on a walking vacation and it was clear they hadn't recognized them, which was fine" Protection Officer Richard Griffin narrates. "The American asked her if she lived in the area, to which she replied that she actually had a house nearby."
“There were two Americans on a walking vacation and it was clear they hadn’t recognized them, which was fine,” said constable Richard Griffin. “The American asked her if she lived in the area, to which she replied that she actually had a house nearby.”
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At this point, the quick-witted king delivered the queen of all punks.

“In a flash, she said, ‘Well, I haven’t, but Dick here sees her regularly,'” Griffin fondly recalled the epic deception. “So the guy asked me what she was like.”

He continued, “And because I was with her for a long time, I was able to pull her leg, so I said she could be very argumentative at times, but she has a lovely sense of humor.”

At this point, the tourist, still not putting two and two together, put his arm around Griffin’s shoulder and handed his camera to Elizabeth so she could take a picture of them. They had then swapped the two places so he could take a picture with what he probably assumed was a random octogenarian – perhaps to be polite.

Queen Elizabeth II sits and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England.
Queen Elizabeth II (right) sits and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes, Cheshire, England.
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Even then, the “undercover boss” refused to show her hand.

“Anyway, we swapped places. I photographed her with the Queen. We never gave it away and waved goodbye,” Griffin explained. “Then Her Majesty said to me that she would like to be a fly on the wall when he shows these photos to his American friends and hopefully someone will tell him who I am.”

Needless to say, social media impressed Elizabeth’s ability to think quickly.

“Fantastic! She is a wonderful woman with a brilliant sense of humor.” gushed a starstruck Twitter commenter.

“Priceless story. Loved it”, flattered anotherwhile wrote an admirer“I’ve read many times that she has a mischievous sense of humor when she’s ‘free,’ but this one is a classic.”

one supporter wrote, “Can you all just call it done after Elizabeth II? Finish on a good note.”

The royal ruse had social media in hysteria.
The royal ruse had social media in hysteria.
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This isn’t the first time Elizabeth has demonstrated Oscar-worthy improvisational skills. She surprised royal fans when she starred with Daniel Craig as James Bond in a sketch for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who co-wrote the Danny Boyle-directed skit, explained that the Sovereign was keen to have a speaking role.

“The day we were filming she said to Danny Boyle, ‘I think I should have a line,'” he told the BBC on Friday. “She got that. She didn’t have a line in the script.”

“Good evening, Mr Bond,” she memorably said to Craig’s 007 as they strolled through Buckingham Palace.

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Emma Bowman

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