In 1957, Queen Elizabeth II visited America. That visit included an impromptu stop at a Maryland supermarket. Here you see her at the meat counter, wearing an enormous fur coat and listening to an assistant manager describe a cut of meat.

According to the subsequent Associated Press report, Elizabeth had spotted the store on her way to a football game at the University of Maryland and said sheā€™d love to see inside. A fifteen-minute tour was duly arranged for the trip back. The AP says that, ā€œOne woman almost dropped her groceries when the Queen spoke to her. That was when her majesty, bemused by the grocery cartā€™s little collapsable seat for small fry, beamed: ā€˜It is particularly nice to be able to bring your children here.ā€™ā€ Well, what else would you do with them?


Imagine being this woman trying to buy her milk and bread under the fascinated eye of royalty.

Not that itā€™s a competition but itā€™s even better than this 1988 shot of Sarah Ferguson, then Duchess of York, holding ā€œsome flowers and a couple baby bibsā€ while touring southern Californiaā€™s Vons Pavilions supermarket.


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