Even Queen Elizabeth II desires to dodge home company once in a while.
In a current ITV documentary titled “Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals,” it was revealed that the monarch once ducked into a bush to keep away from talking with a notably controversial palace guest — Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.
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The documentary particulars Ceaușescu’s 1978 journey to London together with his spouse Elena, per E! News, throughout which he was invited to a sit-down dinner with the royal household.
Whereas the Queen, now 94, is not any stranger to assembly with controversial world leaders, she appeared to be not too eager on this specific go to — as was the general public.
“The press started to question the foreign secretary,” stated journalist and filmmaker Robert Hardman in the doc. “Why are we inviting this monster to come to Britain?”
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As is customized, the Queen and husband, Prince Philip, greeted Ceaușescu at London’s Victoria prepare station when the chief arrived earlier than taking him and his spouse to Buckingham Palace, the documentary defined.
“On the occasion when they were staying she took the corgis out for a walk in the palace gardens and she could see the Ceaușescus coming the other way,” stated Hardman. “She thought, ‘I really can’t face talking to them,’ so the first and only time in her life, she actually hid in a bush in the palace gardens to avoid her guests.”
British Overseas Secretary Lord David Owen additionally recalled the incident in the documentary.
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“The Queen puts up with many different people, but Ceaușescu was too much for her,” he remembered. “She made it quite plain she didn’t like that visit.”