One of Elizabeth II’s oldest associates has advised how his first encounter with the longer term Queen earned him a telling-off as a small boy.
Born only a month after Elizabeth in 1926 and rising up close to her mom’s Scottish residence Glamis Castle, David Ogilvy acquired to know the then princess and her sister Margaret once they have been younger kids.
But he revealed that their first assembly, at his personal celebration, sparked a row along with his dad and mom.
Ogilvy – now the Earl of Airlie – advised BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The two princesses were staying at Glamis Castle which is only a few miles from Cortachy, my home.
“We had this tea party and my father and mother had given me a pedal car as a birthday present.
“When the party started, my father said to me ‘I think it would be very nice if you invited Princess Elizabeth to have a ride in your present’ – this little motor car.
“I said ‘Certainly not. This is my birthday, this is my car and nobody else is going to have a ride in it’.
“This caused a bit of a row and I lost the battle. So that was the first time I met her. That’s 90 years ago now.”
The Earl went on to grow to be a lifelong pal of the princess, and later Queen, staying at Sandringham and Balmoral and becoming a member of her for grouse-shooting events.
And in 1984 he was appointed head of the Queen’s family as Lord Chamberlain, main the reform of the royal funds and coping with the aftermath of the 1992 fireplace at Windsor Castle.
“It was a very worrying time,” he mentioned. “The Queen was having difficulties at the time and the household wasn’t all that popular. To have this fire at Windsor was a tragedy.”
Asked what he would greatest bear in mind in regards to the Queen, he mentioned: “She had a wonderful sense of humour. One can often have jokes in between serious discussions.
“I remember William Whitelaw, I think when he was home secretary, telling me that when he went to see the Queen about something which was quite serious or upsetting or worrying, ‘the extraordinary thing is that when you leave the room, she’s made you feel better’.
“That’s how she was. She was loved by the people who worked for her. She always wanted to see that they were happy… What a remarkable lady she was.”