A boy was so overwhelmed by a visit from the Queen that he dropped to his knees and crawled out the door

Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth II visiting children’s charity Coram in London on Wednesday.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visited the UK’s oldest children’s charity,Coram, on Wednesday to open its Queen Elizabeth II Centre.
  • As part of the visit, the Queen met a number of children who had benefited from the charity, including 9-year-old Nathan Grant.
  • Grant found the encounter a tad overwhelming and promptly dropped to his knees before crawling out the door.

Meeting the head of the British monarchy can be pretty overwhelming.

Nine-year-old Nathan Grant found this out firsthand when Queen Elizabeth II visited Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity, which is based in London at the site of the Foundling Hospital.


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The Queen was there to open the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a national center for children that was launched to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of the charity’s founder, Thomas Coram.

As part of her visit, the Queen was introduced to a number of children who had benefited from the charity, including 9-year-old Nathan Grant.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to open the Queen Elizabeth II centre at CORAM on December 05, 2018 in London, England.Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty ImagesNine-year-old Nathan Grant (center) was introduced to the Queen as part of her visit to Coram.

The young boy found the encounter a bit too overwhelming, though, and dropped to his knees before heading for the exit.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to open the Queen Elizabeth II centre at CORAM on December 05, 2018 in London, England.Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty ImagesGrant crawled away.

“That’s his version of a bow,” the boy’s mother, Carrie Grant, who is a former British-TV presenter, said as the room erupted in laughter. Grant then shouted, “Bye,” to the crowd from an adjacent room.

You can watch the adorable footage of Grant making his escape below.

The Queen was greeted somewhat less nervously by 102-year-old Edward Newton, who is the oldest surviving pupil of the Foundling Hospital.

Newton had had experience with the royals in the past, though – he recalled meeting King George on his visit to the hospital in 1926, saying, “I was a little tot.”

The author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who was one of the first Coram fellows, said, “I just think it’s a wonderful organisation, and it’s very much to do with helping children now in new ways.”

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