Queen made audience gasp as she went off-script to speak different language

After 70 years on the throne, it's fair to say the Queen's picked up a few public speaking tricks – with one, in particular, living long in the memory.

Back in 2011 while on the first official visit to the Republic of Ireland, the Queen had the audience amazed when she slipped into Gaeilge while speaking at Dublin Castle.

However, the charming incident almost didn't happen due to influence from Buckingham Palace, who feared a PR disaster.

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Speaking on Ryan Tubridy RTE Radio 1 show, Flor Mac Carthy, the author of the upcoming book The President’s Letter explained the truth behind the amazing story.

Ryan was amazed at the letter, which features in Flor’s book, and shared that the so-called “letter” was actually some words scribbled on the back of an envelope, reports RSVPLive.

Flor shared: “That is probably the most important document in the book. Weirdly as you say, it’s the back of an envelope. It was an envelope, a crumpled one.

“What happened was it was the very important state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland and the first time a British monarch was coming to the Republic of Ireland. There was so much detail gone into the arrangements for the visit."

Flor says that President Mary McAleese would have loved if Queen Elizabeth spoke a few words in Irish during her visit: “But it was vetoed by Buckingham Palace and the planners.

“They decided no way was this happening, it was too risky if she stumbles on her Irish the press could have a field day.”

However, things took a turn when a Northern Irish diplomat, whom McAleese knew, paid her a visit.

“A few days before the visit, a diplomat from Northern Ireland, Francis Campbell is his name was paying a courtesy call to Mary McAleese, they go back a long way in Belfast.

“He asked her, ‘What would you have suggested she say?’.

“Mary said, ‘I’m not going there Francis, no way. This has been vetoed. It’s off the table.’

“Francis responded, ‘Ah no, go on. What would you say?’.”

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McAleese kept it short and sweet writing a short sentence on the back of an envelope.

“She wrote on the envelope which he fished out of his pocket ‘A Uachtaráin agus a chairde’ phonetically.

“He took it away and the next thing she knew it was three days later in Dublin Castle with the world watching. Upstands Queen Elizabeth II and there was a frisson around the room and she said ‘A Uachtaráin agus a chairde’ in perfect Ulster Gaeilge."

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