It's quite understandable if a person you just met doesn't know anything about you, but that doesn't seem to be an excuse for the Queen. Children's book author Julia Donaldson shared how Her Majesty is able to remember the people she is speaking with using a handy trick.
"I was told the Queen goes through the potted biographies with a yellow marker and just two words get highlighted," said Donaldson, who was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's last honors list for services to children's literature.
She added that the equerry shows the Queen the highlighted words when a person is called up.
"I did my little curtsey and she said ‘Oh, so you're a writer... you're very popular...’ I went off thinking 'writer/ popular...' those must have been my two words," the author explained, whose bestsellers include "The Gruffalo," "Stick Man," and "Room on the Broom."
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Just by memorizing those two words, Her Highness can speak knowledgeably about the people who are awarded gongs at the 25 investitures every year, UK newspaper The Sun reports.
Donaldson added that she felt "full of admiration" for the monarch for being so thoughtful with the people she encounters and being able to be "on her feet the whole time."
While people may get nervous about meeting the Queen, and get flustered when they find out she knows something about them, her unique position can be frustrating for the monarch at times.
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"Ever wondered what the Queen feels like when she enters a room filled with people, knowing they're all nervous about meeting her?" Royal author Adam Helliker told Fabulous Digital.
"Well, an RAF officer who served as an equerry discloses: ‘One summer day she asked me to join her on a walk at Balmoral. She talked about how irritating it was to go into a party and as she put it, watch people peel away, like the water parting as the bow of a ship ploughed through it."
Helliker said the RAF officer went on to say that the Queen imagined how "lovely" it would be to attend a party, wander around "incognito," and striking up a conversation with anyone she likes.
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But what irritated her the most, according to the officer, was the "inevitable hush" that sweeps over when people see her walk in.