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At a Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday, the Queen spoke to one guest about her scary, near-death experience back in the early 1990s.

Lucy Stafford, who was invited to the palace event because of her inspiring charity work, spoke to Hello! magazine (opens in new tab) about her conversation with the monarch.

She told them, "The Queen was very funny, she reminisced about how her bodyguard had caught a cricket ball flying towards her at a match in 1994. She said she would have been dead if it hadn't been caught!" Terrifying!

Lucy was asked along to the garden party in recognition of her work on her organisation Hospital Love Bundles, which sends care packages to young people in hospital.

She shared a couple of pictures of the special royal event on her social media, including one of the Queen herself.

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The Queen was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Tuesday's garden party, which is likely to be the first of many taking place at the palace over the summer.

Already, Princess Eugenie (opens in new tab), the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Prince Charles, have attended at least one garden party.

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The Duke and Duchess have been visibly absent, due to the fact they they are both currently on maternity and paternity leave after welcoming their baby son Archie.

The Queen herself has had a busy few days of engagements too.

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On Wednesday, she visited a pop-up experience in Covent Garden which was celebrating 150 years of Sainsbury's stores. The exhibit showed how the shops had changed throughout the years, with models of how former Sainsbury's looked.

Then, yesterday, HRH visited the British Airways headquarters, in recognition that the company will celebrate 100 years of service in August.

She met with BA staff during the day, before being shown her own, very first BA ticket for a flight to Jamaica with the Duke of Edinburgh, soon after her 1953 coronation.

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.