Sitting cross legged was a challenge
LONDON, England – October 3, 2018: 5pm (The Sun): DURING the concluding episode of Queen of the World – which airs tonight on ITV – the Queen jokes about finding it “difficult” to sit crossed-legged for extended periods of time.
Speaking in the final part of the eagerly-awaited documentary, the Queen recalled struggling to maintain the sitting position during a royal visit to Tonga in 1953.
“The only thing I found difficult was sitting crossed-legged,” she revealed during a conversation with women’s rights activist, Elizabeth Kite.
“It’s quite painful for people who are not built in the same direction.”
Sitting crossed-legged is a custom in Tonga and during her visit 65 years ago, the Queen sat crossed-legged during an open-air feast held in her honour.
Her Majesty also revealed she’d met an “awful lot of people” during her reign, explaining: “I haven’t met the new [king]….But, you see, I haven’t been for such a long time. I’ve met an awful lot of people.”
The Queen also revealed she found the sound of nose flutes being played outside her window “the most extraordinary thing”.
“We had the people playing the nose flutes outside the window,” she said.
“It’s the most extraordinary thing to do…sounds awfully uncomfortable but they play rather well.”
Elizabeth Kite – who received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award, revealed she was “extremely nervous” about meeting the woman she was named after.
“I just had a chat with the Queen,’ she said.
“I’m going to wake up tomorrow and feel, like, did that happen? I don’t quite know.
“Honestly anything really is possible. Whatever it is you dream to be you can actually achieve.”
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