The Queen gets extremely irritated when she goes to parties and faces a room full of people who are too nervous to talk to her, a royal expert has claimed.
During her time on the throne the Monarch has attended countless formal occasions around the world, but she sometimes struggles with how she is treated at them.
Adam Helliker, who is about to publish a book on the royals, revealed she often wishes that she could just slip into events and walk around incognito.
He told the Sun’s Fabulous Digital that she opened up to an RAF officer about her issue during a walk around Balmoral.
According to Helliker, the officer said: “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.
“She said she always felt it would be lovely to just slip into a party, wandering around incognito, talking to anyone she felt like.
“But the thing that most irritated her was the ‘inevitable hush’ that always greeted her when they saw her walking in.”
However there are of course lots and lots of people who do want to speak to the Queen, and this isn’t always a good thing.
We all know what it’s like to get stuck chatting to someone for a long time when we would quite like to move on, but she’s very aware that she has to spread her time and speak to as many people as possible.
So the Queen reportedly has a few little signals to let her staff know she’s ready to move on.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers claims the Queen uses the handbag to communicate with her ladies in waiting and staff.
A shift of the bag from one hand to another is an indication she is ready to move on from whoever she is speaking to, he claimed.
Placing the bag on a table means she is ready to leave an event.
Her wedding ring, too, has a function – with a discreet twist notifying royal officials she would like to end a conversation quickly.
A more dramatic spin of the ring means she is particularly keen to leave.
A member of staff would then come over and politely makes excuses, or suggest the Queen is needed elsewhere.
Prince Philip is also known to employ a sweeping motion when meeting people in a lineup to avoid getting embroiled in a lengthy chat.