via the Associated Press
UNITED KINGDOM – On the occasion of platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II This Thursday, June 2, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy wanted to surrender tribute to the monarch that he had the opportunity to meet when he was in office. Asked by France Télévisions, he returned to this official visit to Windsor in 2008.
That year, as the former head of state explains, he had just married Carla Bruni and the couple were invited to Windsor Castle. With bright eyes, he recounts how he was greeted in the village of Windsor by two “transparent carriages” pulled by horses, one by white horses for the monarch and he and the other pulled by black horses for Prince Philip and Carla Bruni.
“The queen wanted us to visit our room in the castle. In particular, she wanted us to visit the bathroom “, says Nicolas Sarkozy with a smile who remembers an anecdote:” When she turned on the tap, I don’t know why she turned on the tap, it did ‘ tong tong tong ‘, it was very funny everyone laughed ”. He also explains that, to his great surprise, the queen wanted to pick them up in their room directly to take them to dinner, whose table was “114 meters long.”
But what he is about to forget on this evening is the unexpected experience he had with a glass of gin. “I was thirsty to hang out as they say and I alerted a waiter who was passing by what I took for a glass of water,” he explains, recalling that he never drank. a drop of alcohol for life ”. “I took a deep sip of this drink which I thought was harmless mineral water. But it was gin. I felt like a dragon with flames coming out, ”he recalls with a laugh.
The former president praised the queen’s courtesy and ability to speak several languages, including French. “She speaks French like the French no longer speak it,” he says with admiration. “When we talk to her, we talk to 20th century history,” he concludes.
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