- John Sinclair is the owner of HM Sheridan Butcher, which supplies Balmoral and Birkhali
- He said he enjoyed some fun with the Queen in her final weeks in Scotland
- Even called the late Monarch a ‘cheeky’ and revealed that the last time he saw him was three weeks ago
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The butcher who supplied the Queen’s meat at Balmoral has remembered him as someone with a ‘great joke’ and a ‘cheesy’ humour.
John Sinclair, 57, is the owner of HM Sheridan Butcher, which has a royal warrant to supply Balmoral Castle and Birkhall, and was responsible for providing sausages for the royal family’s summer barbecues.
talking to TimesSinclair said the Queen last saw him in “very good shape”.
He said he was nervous when he first met Rani ten years ago, but he teased her with his ‘cheeku’ sense of humour.
John Sinclair, 57, is the owner of HM Sheridan Butcher pictured next to the Queen, who has a royal warrant to supply Balmoral Castle and Birkhall, the Sovereign’s neighboring Scottish estate, and has met with the monarch several times.
John (right) said the Queen comforted him with her cheeky sense of humour, when they first met 10 years ago. (pictured with Monarch in 2016)
‘I looked at this little lady who had made such a good joke. She was also quite bubbly,’ he said.
‘She had already met my business partner, Barry Florence, and she told me “I believe you are the other half of the partnership”. He had a slight smile on his face.
John revealed that the late Monarch usually ordered lamb for his big family gatherings, and they even made special sausages for him for his summer barbecues.
Members of the Queen’s staff have been paying tribute to her since her death on Thursday.
Her former security officer has revealed how she celebrated when the Queen heard her granddaughter Zara Tindall won an Olympic medal – but she was ‘too nervous’ to watch the event.
Former royal security official Richard Griffin took to Sky News this morning to reminisce about his time with the late monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II leaving HM Sheridan Butchers with James Ingleby, Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire in 2016
Speaking about the sovereign’s love of horse riding, he revealed that the Queen was very irritable to see her granddaughter compete in the eventing team at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Instead, she took Griffin on a picnic, but eventually asked him to check on how Princess Anne’s daughter was getting on, and when she heard that she had come an impressive second, she went ‘in circles’. danced’.
Zara won a silver medal as part of the team event during the competition, the singles Olympic title of her career.
‘I remember one time I was with him at Balmoral’ [the Queen] And Zara was competing in the Olympic Games and it looked like she was going to win a medal,’ Griffin told Sky.
‘ And I thought I’d fly to Greenwich to see him, but the Queen told me ‘I’m just so nervous, I can’t face it. Let’s go out for a picnic now”, he added.
“So we went up to one of the cabins, one of the mountains, and we both had a small private picnic,” said the former security officer.
However, the late Monarch couldn’t know anymore, and eventually asked Griffin to radio his team to find out how Zara had done it.
Griffin laughed, “So I radioed him, found out he had won the silver medal and I remember Queen Jute holding me and we were dancing in circles on this hill in Scotland.”
“It’s a memory that will stay with me forever,” he said.
Griffin shared another story about the late monarch on Saturday that has since gone viral.
He described how Queen Elizabeth handled an encounter with American hikers who had no idea who she was.
The monarch was out in the hills near his Scottish palace at Balmoral when two American tourists came to visit him on vacation and engaged in conversation.
‘We had two passengers coming – and the queen would always stop and say hello. And it was two Americans on foot,’ Griffin told Sky News earlier this year during a celebration of Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne.
‘From that moment it was clear that we had stopped that he did not recognize the Queen – which is fine.
The American gentleman was telling the Queen where they had come from, where they were going next, and where they would be in Britain.
‘I could see it coming and of course,’ he said to His Majesty, ‘and where do you live?’ And she said ‘Okay, I live in London, but I have a holiday home on the other side of the hills.’
She didn’t say she was referring to Balmoral.
Mr Griffin said that knowing that the palace was nearby, the traveler asked him if he had ever met the queen.
Former royal security officer Richard Griffin reminisced on his time with the monarch on Sky News this morning
‘Quick as a flash she said: ‘I didn’t, but Dick meets her regularly here’.
The hiker asked Griffin how the emperor was in person.
‘Cause I had been with her a long time and I knew I could pull her leg, I said: “Oh, she can be very irritable at times, but she has a lovely sense of humour,” said Mr. Griffin. Told.
Delighted, the passenger again placed his hand on the officer’s shoulder and asked if he could have a picture of the two of them together.
‘Before I could see what was happening, he takes his camera and gives it to the queen and says “‘Can you take a picture of us?'”
The Queen obliged, and then Griffin took the camera and took a picture of her with the pair of hikers.
Later, Mr Griffin said the Queen told him: ‘I would love to be a fly on the wall when he would show those pictures to friends in America and hopefully someone would tell him who I am.’
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