Queen even makes me ner­vous, ad­mits Harry

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - The Agent Boot File - By Si­mon Mur­phy

IT’S only nat­u­ral for most peo­ple to feel a tad ner­vous when meet­ing the Queen, but it seems even those close to her some­times get the jit­ters.

De­spite be­ing close fam­ily, her grand­son Prince Harry has re­vealed that he still pan­ics when he sees Her Majesty around Buck­ing­ham Palace.

In a can­did doc­u­men­tary on Royal Fam­ily life, the Duke of Sus­sex tells vis­i­tors he gets ner­vous when he spots her ap­proach­ing.

‘You guys have spent way more time in Buck­ing­ham Palace than I ever have – and you’ve only been here two weeks,’ he is filmed telling a group of hos­pi­tal­ity pro­fes­sion­als from the Caribbean.

He adds: ‘Have you bumped into the Queen yet? If you sud­denly bump into her in the cor­ri­dor, don’t panic. I know you will. We all do!’

Clau­dine Jef­frey, one of the group from An­tigua, says in the doc­u­men­tary: ‘It’s a fun place to work. I say it’s an ad­ven­ture ev­ery day be­cause ev­ery day it is al­ways some­thing dif­fer­ent. You never find that you are do­ing the same thing.

‘To find my­self in Buck­ing­ham Palace – it is be­yond my wildest imag­i­na­tions.’

The two-part ITV se­ries, Queen Of The World, is due to air later this month. View­ers will see footage which ITV boasts will of­fer ‘a unique in­sight into Her Majesty The Queen’s role as a fig­ure on the global stage and the ba­ton she is pass­ing to the younger mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily’.

IN the world of High­land cat­tle she is re­garded, one might say, as the reign­ing cham­pion.

The Queen has been proudly rais­ing High­land cows at her Bal­moral es­tate for 65 years – and has re­peat­edly won prizes across the coun­try for the qual­ity of her live­stock.

But this year, Her Majesty’s an­i­mals have been con­spic­u­ous by their ab­sence, as none of them has ap­peared at any of this year’s High­land shows.

And now, The Scot­tish Mail on Sun­day can re­veal why: the Queen is afraid that her beloved herd might be­come in­fected by dis­ease.

The stockman re­spon­si­ble for the royal herd yes­ter­day re­vealed that the queen’s cows have been kept away from the shows amid health fears – as she feels the risks of min­gling with other live­stock is sim­ply too great this year.

Dochy Or­mis­ton said: ‘We have not en­tered any shows this year. We are a closed herd and we are very fright­ened over its health sta­tus’. The Queen founded the Bal­moral fold of High­land cat­tle in 1953 and is con­sid­ered one of the coun­try’s top High­land breed­ers, with more than 50 an­i­mals on the es­tate.

Win­ning prizes with in­di­vid­ual cows and bulls at­tracts pres­tige, prize money and can in­crease the value of an an­i­mal enor­mously.

The monarch, who is patron of the High­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety (HCS), has been a reg­u­lar prize win­ner with her cat­tle. For­mer HCS pres­i­dent An­gus MacKay said it was ‘a bit sad’ that the monarch’s cat­tle were miss­ing from this year’s show.

He added: ‘I can un­der­stand why. She is ex­tremely knowl­edge­able about the breed and about her own fold and how it de­vel­oped. She would have cer­tainly been in­volved in the de­ci­sion not to show them.

‘The way to main­tain such a fold like Bal­moral is to have a closed herd and if you show your an­i­mals they risk be­ing ex­posed to an­i­mals of lesser health qual­ity.’

Mr MacKay, 69, an of­fi­cial HCS field of­fi­cer with nearly 50 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of High­land cat­tle, added: ‘In­fec­tious Bovine Rhino­tra­cheitis [a res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease] is es­pe­cially a prob­lem. An­other prob­lem with main­tain­ing a high health herd is that af­ter each show your an­i­mals have to be iso­lated from the main fold for three weeks, and then re-tested by a vet be­fore be­ing al­lowed to re­turn to the herd.’

One of the most fa­mous royal bulls, named Coirneal, won the over­all cham­pion at Oban’s an­nual High­land cat­tle show in 2016, and was later sold for 7,000 guineas.

The Queen also claimed the top spot at the Royal High­land Show in 2014. She won £75.

Although a group of cat­tle is gen­er­ally called a herd, a group of High­land cat­tle is known as a ‘fold’. This is be­cause in win­ter, the cat­tle were kept in open shel­ters made of stone called folds to pro­tect them from the weather at night.

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