The Queen stunned onlookers when she was hit in the face by a man’s black scarf at a polo match on Sunday.
The monarch was attending the Royal Windsor Cup in Surrey when a gust of wind lifted the thin scarf - worn by Japanese musician Yoshiki - and blew it straight into her face.
Shocked onlookers - including Yoshiki and actor Gillian Anderson - watched in horror as the wayward garment slipped across the Queen’s face and over her shoulder.
X-Files star Gillian - who was a guest in the Royal box - couldn’t hide her surprise and appeared to hold her breath as the incident took place.
Little wonder, as it’s a well-known rule that no one - including a scarf, we’d say - is allowed to touch the Queen.
True to form, the unflappable 93-year-old remained unfazed by the incident and continued to descend the stairs as though nothing had happened.
No doubt the monarch - who wore a magenta outfit for the occasion - had her mind on her royal duties which traditionally include presenting the winner’s trophy.
Forgive me, Your Majesty
Yoshiki, the lead singer of the band X Japan, was clearly aghast and later took to social media to share an apology.
“I'm so sorry it happened, but a gust of wind blew up. I talked to the Queen afterwards and Her Majesty was very sweet,” he wrote on Instagram.
He might think twice about wearing a scarf next time her meets Her Maj.
Gillian and her hilarious reaction, meanwhile, has become the focus of several humorous memes.
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