The Day I Saw The Queen Shopping

I wasn’t the only one who saw Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, doing her weekly shop. Standing behind her at the checkout, I refused to believe it was her until the checkout assistant stood up and curtsied.

“No need for that,” said Her Majesty, “just get on and scan this item before anyone recognises me. Please be very careful with it. I’ve been looking for one of these, with corgis on it, for months, and this was the last one on the shelve.”

Handing over a biscuit tin, that featured corgis and union jacks, the checkout assistant scanned the item carefully.

“That’s £12.99, please,” said the assistant.

“Are you sure?” asked Her Majesty. “I’m sure I saw a 35 percent discount ticket on the shelf.”

“Let me ask a supervisor,” replied the assistant, who pressed a button and announced over the store’s intercom, “Price check. Supervisor to checkout twenty-three, please.”

While we waited for a supervisor to arrive, I was very tempted to ask how the royal corgis were and which kennels Her Majesty used for them when she went abroad. However, I was rather put off when Her Majesty started counting coins out from her purse and proceeded to tell the checkout assistant that none of the coins featured a real likeness of her anymore.

“Never mind,” sighed Her Majesty, “I’m in a rush but seem to be 72-pence short.”

“Oh, please, allow me,” I said, as I handed over a £1 coin and bowed.

“Thank you,’ smiled Her Majesty. “You’ve saved me breaking into a £20 note. Put the change in the charity tin. Good day to you both.”

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Written for The Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition which has the theme of ‘Royalty.’ Click here for full details of the competition and how to enter. First prize is a £100 Amazon gift card, with two runner-up prizes also on offer. Deadline for entries is 23:59 (GMT) on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

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  1. I love how your wrote a story about this year’s theme, Hugh, even though you can’t enter the competition. It will spark some ideas I’m sure! Why am I not surprised to find out that the Queen is as frugal as I am?

    1. I hope it does help spark a few ideas for the competition, Liesbet. I know that some people have found the theme of the competition rather difficult to write about. However, it doesn’t have to be a written piece of work. We were hoping to get some photography entries around the theme as well. Just looking through my photo archives, I came up with quite a few good photos that would have fitted the theme perfectly.
      As for the Queen being frugal, I’ve heard the rumours but I’m not so sure how true they are.

        1. The best of luck with them, Al. Deadline for entries (in case I never mentioned it) is 23:59 on Thurs 22nd March. Who knows, you could have a £100 Amazon gift card to spend on 19th May?

    1. Well, I have heard rumours that she is, Terri. However, I can’t be sure. Somebody else mentioned that she likes the lights switched off in any rooms not being used, but that’s common sense and I do exactly the same. It’s just a way of helping to save the planet and see the stars. ✨

  2. My first thought to your opening title was ‘hope he took a selfie!’ Your version was much better! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Donna. How many times have I wished I had my phone on me? But, these days, I do like to leave it behind. The break from it does everyone the world of good (as you recently found out when you took your break from the internet and social media).

    1. Unfortunately, my entry won’t count, as I’m a committee member, Jan. However, I hope it inspires other people to have a go at the competition.

      Yes, anyone can vote for their favourite blogs and bloggers. You don’t need to be at the event to be able to nominate, vote, or enter the competition. Nominations close on March 20th. The competition closes on March 22nd. Voting for the Bloggers Bash awards open on April 6th and close on May 1st.

  3. Too funny, Hugh! That is how people with money deal with everything things. They don’t want to break their larger bills! Ha! Love it! So kind of you to donate! hugs xx

  4. I love this Hugh, …. I think it was a tad tight of her to take your pound when she had a twenty pound note inheritance purse! Still as my mum would of said money goes to money! 💜💜💜🎈

  5. Haha! That made me smile.

    Apparently she turns all unnecessary lights off to save money. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’ve always liked the idea of it.

  6. Very cute story, Hugh—good luck! My very first thought when you said what would I ask her was about her corgis. I would ask if they were with her (maybe in the car?) and if I could visit with them! Who cares about aristocracy when dogs are afoot! Ha! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Leigh. Unfortunately, the story can’t be entered into the competition because I’m a committee member of the Bloggers Bash. However, I’m hoping it will give a few people some ideas for an entry into the competition. As they say, ‘you gotta be in it to win it.’
      I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the royal corgis in a car, but I have seen them travel on a train with The Queen. Of course, she has plenty of people to look after them while away. I wonder if they miss her? 🤔

      1. Oh, yeah, I had forgotten you are a committee member, Hugh. Good question . . . do they miss her? I would imagine her schedule is slowing down like Prince Philip is, so maybe she’s able to spend more time with them!

    1. Thank you, Judy. Yes, tongue-in-cheek, although I did once serve The Queen Of Spain when I was working in Selfridges in London. She was a delightful lady and had lots and lots of bodyguards (who carried all her money).

  7. I suspect there is some British book of etiquette (the equivalent of Miss Manners) on the proper way to interact with Her Majesty if perchance you run into her in the grocery store, the public loo, or at the counter when buying your Jelly Babies. I suspect total avoidance isn’t realistic. I imagine a short bow or curtsy and acknowledgment is sufficient. Please don’t talk too much – she meets a lot of people and she doesn’t pay attention long. One shouldn’t touch the Queen or make glib comments like she doesn’t look at all like on the stamps. Oh the embarrassment.

    1. I believe you are told (if visiting Buckingham Palace or anywhere where Her Majesty may be) how to address her. I also believe one should never turn their back on her. When you leave, you have to walk backwards while bowing your head until she can no longer see you. I expect there may have been a number of accidents because of that. Heavens forbid if one should trip over a corgi! As for bumping into her while out shopping, I did once have the pleasure of serving ‘The Queen of Spain,’ while working in Selfridges. I was rather nervous, but she did buy a couple of pens and a bottle of ink off me.

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