Lewis Hamilton admitted he got told off by the Queen after breaking royal protocol at a visit to Buckingham Palace. Hamilton revealed he started speaking to the late monarch before he was allowed to in a major error.
The incident came after Hamilton attended a special meal to celebrate the awarding of his MBE back in 2009.
Queen Elizabeth II handed out the prize just months after Hamilton clinched his first world title in 2008.
Hamilton had earlier been told the sovereign had been a fan and cheered him on the year before. Making the revelation on the Graham Norton show, Hamilton said: “I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to the Queen.
“I was excited and started to talk to her but she said, pointing to my left, ‘No, you speak that way first and I’ll speak this way and then I’ll come back to you’.”
Later in the evening, Hamilton got his chance to talk to the Queen and opened up on their private chat.
He explained: “She is a sweet woman and we talked about how she spends her weekends, houses and music.
She is really cool.” The Queen passed away aged 96 over the Italian Grand Prix weekend last season.
In the press conference, Hamilton described the Queen as a “real fighter” and “strong leader” as news of her declining health emerged.
The Mercedes star posted a touching message to Her Majesty on social media just hours after news of her death was confirmed.
He wrote: “How do you find the words to describe the loss of Her Majesty The Queen? She was truly an iconic leader, an inspiration and a reassuring presence for most, if not all, of our lives.“
Since the sad news yesterday, I’ve been reflecting on her incredible life. She was a symbol of hope for so many and she served her country with dignity, dedication and kindness.
She was truly like no other and I’m grateful to have lived during her time. Her legacy will be long-lasting and her passing deeply felt.
“I had the incredible honour of being able to spend time with her. It is something I’ll never forget. We talked about our shared love of dogs and she was incredibly generous with her time.”
Hamilton then joined George Russell, Mercedes and the rest of the F1 community in a two-minute silence for the Queen in Monza.
However, the dinner is not the only time Hamilton has brushed shoulders with royalty. The seven-time champion once met Prince Harry to open the new Silverstone Experience in 2020.
He was then knighted by King Charles III – then Prince of Wales – at Windsor Castle after losing the title in 2021.