Former staff who used to work for the royal family have shared their own hilarious stories from their time in the palace, and some of their blunders are extremely awkward.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to read their unique tales for yourself...
Most of us can only dream of being within the many walls of Buckingham Palace.
via: GettyThe royal castle has become the symbol of the British monarchy over the years, but only a small selection of people can actually claim to have been inside.
As most of you will know, the British royal family is one of the most prestigious families in the world...
via: GettySo, of course, only a select few can enter their royal residencies.
Only incredibly powerful and important people have stepped foot inside Buckingham Palace...
via: GettyBut there are hundreds of staff members who are required to keep the palace running smoothly.
From royal guards...
via: GettyTo specially selected chefs, hundreds of highly trained professionals have worked for the royal family over the years.
So, of course, there are many stories to be told.
via: GettyAnd some of them detail the most hilariously awkward blunders experienced by staff members when running into members of the royal family... And the Queen herself. Keep scrolling to read some of the most shocking tales from inside the palace...
1. A former Buckingham Palace chef was once chased out of his meeting with the Queen by her corgis.
via: GettyDarren McGrady, who was the personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Princes’ William and Harry for fifteen years, opened up about a rather awkward mishap during his first-ever meeting with the Queen. "I remember the first time I met the Queen and the corgis, I was at Balmoral Castle, having a walk at the side of the river," McGrady said in a YouTube video.
However, the corgis were feeling a little mischievous on that particular day.
via: Getty"I saw in the distance the Queen and the corgis, and I got really excited. The Queen was walking towards me and I thought, 'this is going to be really cool, I get to meet the Queen for the first time. As she got closer, the dogs saw me, came running towards me, barking like crazy, all of them. I was so scared I turned around and ran away." Luckily, The Queen found the whole thing hilarious.
2. McGrady noted how the other chef's experienced embarrassing blunders, too.
via: GettyThe royal chef recalled witnessing one of the chefs addressing Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, by a title usually reserved for the Queen.
Okay, I can bet that all of us will have got this one wrong.
via: GettyThe unsuspecting chef had apparently called the Duke "Your Majesty", which is a title reserved only for the Queen. "I was in the kitchen and Prince Philip came in," McGrady said. "We had a new chef in, who was really nervous, and he said 'Good morning, Your Majesty.' Prince Philip just sort of looked and smiled. The great thing about the royal family is they know people are nervous around them, so it's not as if they would roll their eyes and say 'you're stupid.'"
3. A former royal butler hid from Prince Charles in a storage cupboard.
via: GettyGrant Harrold, who has worked as a royal butler for both the royals and celebrities for the past twenty-three years and somewhat of an etiquette expert, opened up about a hilarious blunder he suffered from his first-ever interaction with the Prince of Wales.
He somehow mistook a cupboard for a door.
via: GettySpeaking to Insider, Harrold recalled how he had spotted the future King walking down the hall towards him, and, wanting to get out of his way, he hastily got into a closet thinking it was the entrance to another room. He then had to reemerge from the closet in front of the Prince, who seemed bemused as to what he was doing in there.
4. The same butler also muddled up Princess Anne's title.
via: GettyDuring a phone call, Harrold made a spectacular blunder when addressing the Queen's only daughter and second child, Princess Anne.
He accidentally called her "sir."
via: Getty"I was talking to her on the phone and I got so tongue-tied that I said 'will you hold on a moment, sir.' I wasn't hauled off to the Tower of London," he added, laughing. "It was a mistake."
5. The Queen's dressmaker was once a little too honest.
via: GettyOne of the Queen's designers, Angela Kelly, told the rather awkward tale of the time she gave a brutally honest opinion on a dress the Queen had tried on.
In her book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser, and the Wardrobe, Kelly recalled:
via: Getty"I vividly remember one fitting where The Queen was draped in a very large piece of bold, jacquard material in a large print - even a 6-foot-tall model would have struggled to pull off something like that, and it absolutely drowned Her Majesty." "Once again, I could not hide my disapproval when Her Majesty asked my thoughts. Without hesitation, I said, 'No way! It doesn't suit you at all and it is totally the wrong pattern.'"
Obviously, the Queen was a little put out by this comment.
via: GettyBut Kelly said that while an "awkward silence" and "icy atmosphere" descended on the room, the Queen eventually agreed after hearing that her husband had the same opinion. "The Duke of Edinburgh happened to walk past and Her Majesty asked what he thought of the material, knowing that, like mine, his feedback is always honest. 'Is that the new material for the sofa?'" he joked, before continuing on his way," she said.
6. Prince Phillip once witnessed a kitchen disaster.
via: Getty"Another time I was in the kitchen with a pastry chef, and the Duke of Edinburgh came in and he wanted to know what ice creams we had made using the berries from the Balmoral gardens," royal chef, Darren McGrady, recalled.
However, disaster struck."And my friend opened the freezer and one of the handles broke, it just went spinning around like a Catherine wheel." Luckily, Prince Phillip found the whole thing to be hilarious, and he burst into laughter. "He had a great sense of humor."
7. The Queen was once denied entry to the 1991 Royal Windsor Horse Show.
via: GettyAccording to a passage from the book, What A Thing To Say To The Queen: A Collection Of Royal Anecdotes From The House Of Windsor, a royal guard allegedly denied Her Majesty entry to the show when he mistook her for someone else.
When the Queen arrived in her car, the guard had allegedly said:
via: Getty"Sorry love, you can't come in without a sticker." The Queen, unfazed by the incident, simply replied, "I think if you check, I will be allowed to come in!" The guard later admitted he thought she was "some old dear" who was lost.
8. A junior footman once pulled the Queen's chair from directly under her.
via: GettyThis has to be the worst one. One Christmas Day, a junior footman thought the Queen was getting up from the table so he removed her chair for her.
But she wasn't.
via: GettyAs the Queen went to sit back down, she fell straight to the floor as a result of her chair being pulled back. Surprised but thankfully unhurt, the Queen was soon as amused as the rest of her family.
9. Staff used to secretly try on the Queen Mother's hats.
via: GettyQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, had such a wonderful and lavish collection of hats that staff allegedly enjoyed trying them on when she wasn't looking.
And, when she found out, she took it surprisingly well.
via: GettyShe allegedly told the staff: "I quite understand if you want to wear my hats and other things, but do try to put them back where you found them!" For more on secrets from within the palace, keep scrolling to hear Meghan Markle's adorable nickname...