Lewis Hamilton recalls hilarious interaction with Queen after being knighted by Charles

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Lewis Hamilton, 36, narrowly missed out on his eighth title after 24-year-old Max Verstappen narrowly took the title for the first time in a nail-biting conclusion in Abu Dhabi. However, despite missing out on a record eighth title, the seven-time F1 champion was knighted by Prince Charles, 73, for his services to motorsport in Windsor Castle.

The ceremony was also attended by Hamilton’s mother, Carmen Larbalestier, in the castle’s Waterloo Chamber, who watched her son become the fourth F1 driver in history to be knighted, after Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jack Brabham.

However, it was not the first time Hamilton got the chance to meet royalty.

Over a decade ago, Hamilton was first made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, also known as an MBE, at a ceremony with the Queen in 2009.

In 2015, the iconic F1 driver revealed to broadcaster Graham Norton his interaction with the Queen ended with the monarch giving him a lesson in etiquette.

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He told the TV presenter: “I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to the Queen.

“I was excited and started to talk to her, but she said – pointing to my left – ‘No you speak that way first, and I’ll speak this way and then I’ll come back to you.”

However, despite initially getting off on the wrong foot, Hamilton revealed he got a chance to speak to the 95-year-old monarch.

He continued: “She is a sweet woman, and we talked about how she spends her weekends, houses and music

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“She is really cool.”

Hamilton is also a close friend of the Duke of Sussex, and Prince Harry was even able to celebrate with the motorist in Abu Dhabi when Hamilton won his second F1 title in 2014.

Harry congratulated Hamilton over the team’s radio when he won: “You are an absolute legend—well done mate.”

More recently, one of the Duke’s last royal engagement’s involved the F1 driver in March 2020 when Harry visited the Silverstone Museum.

Hamilton will be back and attempt to break the record in 2022 alongside his new team mate George Russell.

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