THE Queen once broke royal protocol to take a brutal swipe when Vladimir Putin once left her waiting for 14 minutes.
Her Majesty met Putin on a number of occasions during her 70 years on the throne – but the most eventful was Putin’s state visit to the UK in 2003.
He made the palce nervous after leaving the monarch waiting for 14 minutes – and a dog’s reaction to the Russian dictator allegedly prompted The Queen to break protocol and take a brutal swipe at him.
According to David Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time, his guide dog reacted defensively towards Putin.
He told the BBC : “The only time I met Vladimir Putin was back in 2003 on an official visit and my then dog barked very loudly.
“I did apologise to the Queen who was obviously hosting. I don’t think I am giving anything away when I said, ‘Sorry your Majesty about the dog barking.’
“She said, ‘Dogs have interesting instincts, don’t they?’”
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