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Builder Had Embarrassing Moment While The Queen Was Making Him Cup Of Tea

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Builder Had Embarrassing Moment While The Queen Was Making Him Cup Of Tea

A builder was left red in the face after giving an embarrassing tea order to a woman he did not know was the Queen.

Now we all made embarrassing gaffs from time-to-time, from calling our teacher ‘Mum’ to going for a hug when someone else was going for a handshake. 

But none of these moments, however, pale in comparison to making a social blunder to the actual Queen of England who was offering you a brew.  

Royal Upholsterer Kevin Andrews described the moment the poor builder in question made the infamous faux pas on the Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Palace

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He reminisced: “A builder was dismantling a desk so he could not see who was making the offer when the lady’s voice asked him if he would like a cup of tea.” 

The workman, without turning around to see who was making this offer, is said to have quipped back: “Yeah in a mug. Two sugars. Builder’s tea.” 

He then allegedly continued, digging himself quite a hole: “I don’t want any of that nonsense I had the last time I was here, all that fine china and all that saucer stuff.” 

The Queen herself then reportedly went away to make this man’s tea exactly how he liked it and placed it down next to him without the ‘nonsense’.  

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It was only as she was walking away did the builder look up and see who served him his tea, enabling him to finally realise his ‘royally embarrassing’ mistake.  

Queen Elizabeth with a cup of tea, credit: Alamy
Queen Elizabeth with a cup of tea, credit: Alamy

Royal experts say that the Queen would not, however, have minded the builder’s failure to recognise her.  

This is evident from a separate incident where tourists failed to recognise the Queen when she was out on a walk with her former protection officer Richard Griffin.  

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Whilst not deliberately trying to disguise herself like some celebs try to do, Griffin described that Her Royal Highness was walking around the grounds of Balmoral dressed in tweed and a headscarf.  

This look was so low-profile that a group of American tourists did not clock-on at all when they saw her.  

Queen Elizabeth in 'disguise', credit: Alamy
Queen Elizabeth in 'disguise', credit: Alamy

The tourists reportedly even approached Queen Elizabeth and asked her if she lived in the area, to which she allegedly replied saying that she simply owned a house nearby.  

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Astoundingly, the tourists even asked her if she had met the queen, to which she said “No, but he has,” then signalling to her protective escort.  

The moral of the story is, if you are ever in a situation where you could potentially be dealing with the Queen, it might be worth doing a double-take, because you just might be!  

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family

Frankie Golding
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