The Tea Party did not even begin as Mirren expected. She originally thought she and two hundred others could come to tea with Elizabeth but once inside it turned out to be just a select group of invited guests.
"I go in and there is one of eight people sitting at a table. Prince Philip the queen, a few sheikhs and a few people from the horse world. But I know nothing about horses and the queen knows all about it, "said the actress. Still, she decided to make the best of it and gently start a conversation with the other guests. But then things went wrong.
Mirren wanted some milk in his tea, but it was on the other side of Prince Philip's table. "My brain created a short circuit and I no longer knew how to address Prince Philip," she said. "Is it sir? Is it your majesty? Is it rude to ask him to transfer the milk? Or should I ask a nap?" Eventually, the actress decided to drink her tea without milk. "I couldn't come out."
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