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The Queen once played a prank on two American tourists who didn’t recognise her

The visitors had no idea what had hit them…

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As Queen Elizabeth is laid to rest today, the country is coming together to remember her best moments from her seventy-year-reign on the throne.

Yet while many reflect on her many achievements while serving as head of state – modernising the monarchy, spearheading and bringing equality to Commonwealth states, and maintaining an unwavering loyalty to the British public – those closest to her have been recalling a somewhat different side to the beloved monarch.

While she was a reassuring and unwavering leader to most of us, those who knew her best are quick to recall her love of animals, the great outdoors and, perhaps most poignantly, her wicked sense of humour.

And one of the best examples of this wit comes courtesy of Her Majesty’s former protection officer Richard Griffin, who recently spoke of an encounter with two unsuspecting American tourists.

Speaking to Sky News shortly after the Queen’s passing, Griffin said he and the monarch had been hiking near the grounds of her estate in Balmoral, Scotland, when they came came across a pair of American tourists.

According to Griffin, these tourists were unaware they were in the presence of the Queen, who was wearing her tweeds and a headscarf instead of her signature colourful dresses and hats. 

He said: “Normally on these picnic sites you’ll meet nobody. But there were two hikers coming towards us and the Queen would always stop and say hello.

“And it was two Americans on a walking holiday. And it was clear from the moment we first stopped they hadn’t recognised the Queen, which is fine.”

Griffin went on to recall that the tourists stopped for a chat with the Queen, telling her where they were from, where they were going to next and where they’d visited in Britain as part of their holiday.

The tourist then asked Her Majesty where she comes from, to which she replied casually: “Well I live in London but I’ve got a holiday home just the other side of the hills.”

Griffin recalled: “And he said ‘how often have you been coming here?’ Oh, she said, ‘I’ve been coming up here ever since I was a little girl, so over eighty years.

“He then said, ‘well if you’ve been coming up here for eighty years you must have met the Queen’.”

At this, the Queen hilariously replied: “Well I haven’t, but Dickie here meets her regularly.”

Griffin added: “The guy says to me, ‘you’ve met the Queen? What’s she like?’. I said, well she can be very cantankerous at times but she’s got a lovely sense of humour.

“The next thing I knew this guy comes around put his arm around my shoulder and before I see what was happening he gets his camera, gives it to the Queen and says can you take a picture?”

After the Queen took a photo of the tourists with Griffin, they then swapped places and got a photo with Her Majesty too. 

Griffin added: “We never let on, and we waved goodbye and Her Majesty said to me ”I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he shows that [photograph] to his friends in America.'”

People were of course blown away by the story, with many taking to Twitter to express their amusement and, more importantly, their curiosity regarding the unsuspecting tourists. 

One person wrote: “I would love to hear the other side from those tourists!! That’s a story you tell your grandkids!”, while another commented: “Love this story. I bet the Americans got the shock of their lives when they realised how she pulled their legs!!!”

A third noted: “What a great story, and it only points out what a wonderful lady she was. May she rest in peace”. 

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American in UK says people in the US would be SHOCKED by full English breakfasts

‘They would absolutely flip out’

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An American woman living in the UK has revealed how those on the other side of the pond really regard our cuisine.

While most Brits believe the humble fry-up reigns supreme when it comes to global breakfast offerings, Americans apparently beg to differ.

Lisa Dollan – known as the Yorkshire Peach on TikTok – moved to Leeds from her hometown of Georgia back in 2014, and has since grown a vast internet following with her videos comparing the cultures and customs of the two countries.

And in one of her latest videos, Lisa described ‘things that would freak the Americans out about the UK’, adding that one of them is ‘what y’all eat for breakfast’.

She said: ““O.M.G. If they [Americans] saw the mushrooms, the tomatoes, the baked beans, all of this, the full English, they would absolutely flip out.”

And responding to a viewer asking why exactly Americans would ‘flip out’ over the cooked breakfast, Lisa explained: “Right so stewed tomatoes are only used for cooking sauces never ever eaten any other way. Beans-only eaten with BBQ.”

Lisa added that other things Americans would find shocking in the UK is the long queues at McDonald’s – which apparently Americans just wouldn’t wait for – and the lengths Brits have to go to to pass their driving tests.

She said: “No chance. What you guys have to do to legally drive here is amazing. You guys are all like NASCAR drivers.”

She then added: “Seriously, I took my test in a parking lot.”

People were rightly very amused in the comments, with one viewer writing: “I’ve always been super freaked out watching American TV where they eat doughnuts and cake for breakfast?? idk [sic] if thats real or not but it’s crazy”.

Another noted: “But Americans literally have donuts for breakfast” with a series of crying face emojis. 

In other videos, Lisa also points out other cultural differences between the countries including foods she can’t get in the UK and general complaints about the British weather… which we can’t really argue with.

 

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Marcus Rashford among top 10 favourite celebrities to be Prime Minister

Rashord joined the likes of Martin Lewis, David Attenborough and Gary Neville on the list…

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Marcus Rashford is among the top ten celebrities Brits would like to see run for Prime Minister.

According to a Channel 4 poll, 44% of people would happily vote for a celebrity to run the country, with the Man United star ranking among some of the highest in seventh place. 

Rashford has been widely praised for his charitableness in recent years, with him last year receiving nation-wide praise for challenging the government’s decision to provide free meals for underprivileged children during the summer school holidays.

Additionally, the footballer also became the youngest person to ever top the Sunday Times’ Giving List, with him having given away a massive 125% of his net worth to charity.

Also on the list for PM popularity is Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis, BBC presenter David Attenborough, ITV’s Alison Hammond and comedian Ricky Gervais.

The top traits people would like to see in the leader of the country are honesty and trustworthiness – but they should also be down to earth and have a sense of humour.

A third of people also think the Prime Minister should be compassionate, as well as unbiased and hardworking. 

The survey came ahead of the launch of Channel 4’s new show Make Me Prime Minister, which sees celebrities battle it out in a series of political challenges.

Reacting to the results of the poll, Alastair Campbell, who presents the new show, said: “The contestants in the show are not the only ones who think politics is in a mess and that they could do the job better than Boris Johnson or Liz Truss – but I think they learned that the job is a lot harder than it looks.

“Some of them, without doubt, have real political talent and I hope they go into politics. They will also be pleased by the poll findings that people want our Prime Minister to have integrity, and be trustworthy and honest.

“So should we all.”

The most popular celebrities for PM:

  1. Martin Lewi
  2. David Attenborough
  3. Stephen Fry
  4. Alison Hammond
  5. Richard Osman
  6. Dame Judi Dench
  7. Marcus Rashford
  8. Ricky Gervais
  9. Dame Helen Mirren
  10. Eddie Izzard
  11. Jo Brand
  12. Emma Watson
  13. Miriam Margolyes
  14. Gareth Southgate
  15. Lenny Henry
  16. Paul O’Grady
  17. Gary Neville
  18. Mick Lynch
  19. Steven Bartlett
  20. Hugh Grant
  21. Mel & Sue
  22. Emily Blunt
  23. Daisy May Cooper
  24. Russell Brand
  25. Adele
  26. Jameela Jamil
  27. Bimini Bon Boulash
  28. Maya Jama
  29. Stormzy
  30. Munya Chawawa

 

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Hurricane Ian to bring gale force winds and heavy downpours to Greater Manchester

The Met Office expects ‘minor impacts’ such as surface water flooding or wind damage

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Greater Manchester is set to experience gale force winds and heavy downpours today as a result of Hurricane Ian.

The fallout from the hurricane, which is currently wreaking havoc on Florida’s southwest coast, will be felt across the region today and tomorrow as it brings an ‘area of low pressure’ across the UK.

According to the Met Office, this morning will be mostly dry with the heavy rain and wind set to hit from around lunchtime.

The heavy rainfall is then forecast until at least 7pm this evening. 

Forecasters expect this evening to be marginally drier, though more showers are set to fall in the early hours of Saturday and into the late morning.

The Met Office says this rain should have cleared by Saturday afternoon, with the weather staying mostly dry into Sunday (October 2nd). 

Other parts of the UK will also experience the affects of Hurricane Ian, with strong winds and heavy rain on the forecast.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Chris Almond said: “This will bring a much wetter and windier spell than we’ve seen so far this autumn, but nothing that is unusual for the time of year.

“The fast-moving system will bring strong gale force winds, locally in excess of 60mph, and heavy rain into the northwest before pushing quickly southeast through the day.

“We could see some minor impacts such as surface water flooding or minor wind damage, as well as some short-lived impacts on ferry crossings, especially in exposed areas of western Scotland and eastern areas of Northern Ireland.

“Later in the day, parts of southeast England could experience winds of around 55mph, which may impact the English Channel too.”

At least ten people have died in what has been called Florida’s ‘deadliest hurricane in history’. Hurricane Ian is now moving inland and heading towards North and South Carolina.

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