We’re finding it hard not to laugh whilst picturing the Queen leaping into a bush to avoid a controversial guest, after a television documentary said that the Monarch once did just that.

The royal documentary shows that the Queen is, sometimes, all of us, as it explained that she hid in a bush on the grounds of Buckingham Palace in a bid to avoid Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.

Nicolae Ceaușescu came to the UK during a controversial state visit in 1978 and royal biographer, Robert Hardman, has now dished details on the Queen taking the decision to hide in a bush during the documentary Our Queen: Inside the Crown on ITV.

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In the documentary, Hardman explains: “On the occasion when they [Ceaușescu and his wife Elena] were staying, the Queen took the corgis out for a walk in the palace gardens and she could see the Ceaușescus coming the other way.

“She thought, 'I really can't face talking to them,' so for the first and only time in her life, she actually hid in a bush in the palace gardens to avoid her guests."

At the time of Nicolae Ceaușescu visiting the UK, the press began to question the foreign secretary, with the media asking why “this monster” was invited to Britain.

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Whether or not the Ceaușescus saw the Queen hiding in the bush, we don’t know. However, it made clear that she disapproved of government-arranged state event which took place at the time.

Former British Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen said in the documentary: “The Queen puts up with many different people, but Ceaușescu was too much for her.

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“She made it quite plain she didn't like that visit!”

At the time of his visit, the Queen greeted the Ceaușescus at London's Victoria train station before riding in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace with them.

You can watch Our Queen: Inside the Crown on ITV Hub now.

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