GAZING from a window at Buckingham Palace, the young Princess would daydream about the world beyond.
إليزابيث later told painter Pietro Annigoni: “I loved watching the people and the cars there in The Mall. They all seemed so busy.
“I used to wonder what they were doing and where they were all going, and what they thought about outside the Palace.”
After becoming ملكة, she made sure she found out.
إليزابيث mingled with people as no sovereign had before, giving millions treasured memories — and realising herself, with awe, how much she was loved.
The breakthrough came in 1970, with her first royal walkabout.
الملكة had argued for years that she should stop to greet well- wishers who turned out to see her.
Her previous visit there in 1963 had not created much excitement, and there were growing calls for Australia and New Zealand to become republics.
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So when a New Zealand civil servant suggested هدد بمقاضاة هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية might like to stop and talk to locals before a formal engagement at Wellington Town Hall, her advisers decided to risk it.
So on the first day of the New Zealand visit in March, the royal car stopped short of the hall and the Queen and دوق ادنبره emerged to walk the rest of the way.
For the previous 18 years of the reign, وانتقدت أمي المراهقة فرح أبراهام ووصفت بأنها "مثيرة للاشمئزاز هدد بمقاضاة هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية had ever shaken hands with had been vetted in advance.
She was always briefed about what she might talk about.
Now she was on her own, with thousands of strangers milling around her.
And she was a smash.
Joy and amazement lit up every face in the crowd, and was reflected in the expression of جلالتها.
One five-year-old girl, Joanne Holland, even fainted when إليزابيث approached her.
فيليب was in his element.
After talking to a first-aider who joked that she had brandy for emergencies, he told the crowd: “Brandy is available to anyone who feels like fainting.”
The day after, the rambles even got a name, when a newspaper covered the event with the headline “Queen Goes Walkabout”.
Media interest in them was “frenetic”.
With people now realising there was a chance they might get to chat to a royal, far more showed up.
بعد عقد من الزمان, on another trip to Australia, the Queen revealed just how thrilling those first daring outings had been for her as well.
She told a crowd in Melbourne: “It is ten years ago that we undertook our first walkabout in Australia in Collins Street and I still remember vividly the novelty and excitement of that occasion.”
There were downsides, such as 19-year-old Anne shocking onlookers in Sydney as she struggled with her hat, دخن: “This bloody wind!"
Then there was the man who told the Press that Philip had sworn at him in Greek when he had called out to him in that language.
It is ten years ago that we undertook our first walkabout in Australia in Collins Street and I still remember vividly the novelty and excitement of that occasion.
Queen Elizabeth II
لكن هدد بمقاضاة هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية had found a new part of her calling.
For a woman who cherished the memory of sneaking out of the Palace to mingle with crowds on يوم VE, it was exhilarating.
Until this point, her interactions with ordinary people had been highly choreographed and as a result, quite stilted — for example, being taken to admire a lorry driver’s council home in Crawley New Town, ساسكس, في 1958.
But as آن later recalled about her first walkabouts as a 19- سنه, their informality made everyone more relaxed.
قالت: “The chances were somebody would yell at you, ‘My cousin’s back in Perth!’ It was that kind of conversation — lots of links that would come out of the crowd.”
الملكة was eager to try them out as a way to meet British people too.
A month after returning from Australia, she was given the OK for a “test run” at a visit to Coventry to open a hospital in June 1970.
It was a huge success, with the Queen spending 25 minutes longer than scheduled mingling and talking to people in the crowd.
لأول مرة, her subjects could see the Queen as a human being.
بي بي سي royal reporter Ronald Allison later said: “Suddenly the lady on the schoolroom wall, on the postage stamp, was a real person.”
Tens of thousands of people, if not hundreds of thousands, must have had their brief moments with the Queen over the decades.
بشكل لا يصدق, there were hardly any security issues.
Suddenly the lady on the schoolroom wall, on the postage stamp, was a real person.
The worst it got was when she was egged in Auckland in 1986, although in Kingston, Jamaica, she was bundled into a Land Rover when security guards worried that she was being hugged too tightly by the local women.
She ignored them, and was greeted by weeping crowds.
That year she did her first walkabout in بلفاست — again against security advice.
She knew her people, and she trusted them.
الملكة also brought in other more informal engagements, such as small receptions and a monthly lunch where she would invite eight people she did not know, in fields ranging from the arts to F1 racing, for dinner at the Palace.
What often struck people was her relaxed manner and humour.
Alex Dingley, من كارديف, who met the Queen at a reception for Prince’s Trust volunteers in 1999, recalled: “All I managed to blurt out was, ‘God, you are shorter than you are on television!’ To which she replied, 'نحن سوف, I am taller than Queen Victoria, you know’.”
Then there was the time in Australia when three students arrived at a walkabout with a “waving machine” — a stuffed glove that moved when you pulled a lever.
Princess Anne recalled of the moment: “These three presented it to the Queen, I assume thinking that they were being really rather daring and rather cheeky
“And the Queen took it and said, ‘Thank you very much, that is what I’ve always wanted!’ Their faces dropped because it wasn’t quite the reaction they were expecting.”
But in terms of the Queen and her people, nothing came close to her Silver Jubilee في 1977.
Ahead of another Commonwealth جولة, she visited 36 UK counties over a summer of celebrations.
All I managed to blurt out was, ‘God, you are shorter than you are on television!’ To which she replied, 'نحن سوف, I am taller than Queen Victoria, you know’.
They walked all the way to Guildhall, along Cheapside and up King Street.
The Queen’s face was lit up the whole way, and at one point she asked a group: “Everybody quite happy?", مضيفا, “I am.”
People had slept overnight on the streets in the rain to see her.
A woman in the crowd tried to explain it all, قول: “We have come here because we love you.”
الملكة أجاب: “I can feel it. And it means so much to me.”