Even country leaders feel the need to hide from others sometimes! In a brand new ITV documentary about Queen Elizabeth II, titled ‘Our Queen: Inside the Crown’ it was revealed that she once hid behind a bush to avoid chatting with a foreign guest!
It was 1978 and former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu made a visit to Buckingham Palace at the time, much to the disapproval of the U.K. people who were not big fans of the Communist leader.
Well, it turns out that they were not the only ones turned off by the controversial figure – so was the Queen herself!
Nicolae and his wife, Elena were in London for a 4-days long visit and it’s customary for all Buckingham Palace guests to have a dinner with the royals.
Robert Hardman recalls in the documentary that ‘The press started to question the foreign secretary. ‘Why are we inviting this monster to come to Britain?”
When the Ceaușescu couple arrived, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth were at the Victoria train station to greet them and they all had a carriage ride to the palace.
Elizabeth made sure to follow royal protocol and was very courteous but in reality, she couldn’t stand the interaction with the dictator.
So, Hardman went on to share that ‘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. She thought, ‘I really cannot face talking to them,’ so for the first and only time in her life, she hid in a bush in the palace gardens to avoid her guests.’
British Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen added in the documentary that ‘The Queen puts up with so many different people, but Ceaușescu was just too much for her. She made it quite plain that she did not like that visit!’