Sir Jackie Stewart has revealed the Queen refused to let him drive her Vary Rover after profitable the 1973 F1 world title. However, the British F1 star added the Queen would have made a “excellent racing driver” as he praised her clean talents behind the wheel.
The three-time champion made the admission after he was requested if had ever taken the Queen for a drive over the course of his profession.
Stewart responded: “No I did not. However at Sandringham the place we have been up taking pictures and generally we might go up there for barbecues. The Queen cherished barbecues. We used to attend for Her Majesty to reach and we’d exit in Vary Rovers to the barbecue.
“It was the primary time I had been there for a barbecue and I mentioned to Her Majesty ‘would you want me to drive Ma’am?’ As a result of I’d simply gained the world championship for the final time. And she or he mentioned ‘completely not I’ll drive, however you possibly can navigate should you like’.
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“The Royal Vehicle Membership, the chairman, had invited Her Majesty to return due to my birthday and hoped she would be capable of attend. However the Palace had a message going again every week or two later saying sadly Her Majesty could be unable to attend.
“Because it simply occurred thereafter I used to be at Sandringham, we have been taking pictures and we have been having afternoon tea and I mentioned to the Queen ‘I’m very sorry Ma’am you have been unable to return to my birthday celebration’ on the RAC. [The Queen responded] ‘what birthday celebration’.
“And I mentioned ‘nicely it’s my eightieth birthday celebration and the Royal Vehicle Membership, of which you might be President, had hoped you may be capable of attend. ‘Oh let me take a look at it’. Two days later there was a message which got here by way of from the Palace that her Majesty could be very happy to attend.”