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The Queen has been one of the most recognisable women on the planet throughout her incredible 70-year reign.

So it’s no wonder that people are often eager to catch a glimpse of her with their own eyes.

But when a boatload of tourists came looking for her during a tour of Australia many years ago, she decided to pull a cheeky prank on them.

One of her ladies in waiting Lady Pamela Hicks recounted the story on an ITV documentary and spoke about the tour’s punishing schedule.

She revealed that even when she was taking some downtime on a day off, it was difficult to get away from royal watchers.

The Queen is known for her great sense of humour ( Getty Images)

Reading from a journal entry of the tour, Lady Pamela said: “I sat with Lillibet under a tree, listening to her holding forth about being marooned on a desert island and left there to be eaten from creepy crawly things.

Some tourists then came along looking for the Queen but failed to recognise her, so she showed off her cheeky side.

Lady Pamela explained: “But she cheered up considerably when a boatload of trippers appeared shouting whether we had seen The Queen, where is she?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place in less than two weeks ( Getty Images)

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“Lillibet in slacks tore down to the beach, pointed to the other side of the island and yelled, ‘she went that-a-way’ and jumped up and down with joy as the boat disappeared around the corner.”

It’s now less than two weeks until the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations get underway, with June 2 marking her official birthday.

Trooping the Colour – the sovereign’s official birthday parade – will kick start the four days of Jubilee festivities, with 18 members of the royal family set to gather on the famous frontage, with the Queen “looking forward” the weekend of celebrations.

Joining the Queen on the balcony for Trooping will be Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Also set to appear for the historic occasion will be Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessexes’ children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

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