Hilarious footage of curious children meeting the Queen during a tour of Australia has gone viral 22 years after they first made international headlines.
More than two decades ago Queen Elizabeth II, now 95, paid a visit to Vasse Primary School in Busselton in Western Australia’s south-west on the final day of her 16-day Royal tour of Australia with her late husband Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.
The Queen was caught off-guard by several kindergarten pupils who failed to recognise her during a tour of their classroom.
‘What’s your name?’ inquisitive youngster Sol Masters is heard asking her.
The Queen looked briefly perplexed and chose to ignore the question before the persistent boy requested again for her name.
The Queen (pictured) was left perplexed by an inquisitive youngster while visiting Vasse Primary School in WA on her Royal Tour of Australia in 2000
Another boy named Jake looked confused while being greeted by the Queen as she inspected his artwork.
The footage which resurfaced on TikTok last week also shows four-year-old Jacinta Haywood bursting into tears and being comforted by a teacher after she copped a whack on the head from classmate Sol, who was sitting next to her.
The incident which unfolded in front of the media sparked headlines around the world, including broadcasters BBC and CNN.
Teachers had spent weeks preparing the pupils for the special visit to ensure they would be on their best behaviour. But three-year-old Sol had been absent for most of the preparations.
‘He’s only been here for two days,’ teacher Sue Merry told the media at the time.
‘We’ve been telling the kids about the Queen, but he’s missed it all.’
Amused TikTok viewers jumped to Sol’s defence and slammed the Queen’s cold response after the old footage resurfaced.
‘Why couldn’t she just say who she was? They are children for goodness sake,’ one commented.
A classroom visit from the Queen sparked confusion from curious youngster Jake (pictured)
Another quipped: ‘For someone with four children, she really has no idea how to talk to kids.’
Other viewers sparked comparisons of how the late Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton would have handled the situation far differently.
‘What would Diana have done? Got down to there [sic] eye level and said ‘hello my name is Diana.’ Her silence is deafening,’ one posted.
Another added: ‘Can you image Diana or Kate just ignoring them?’
The awkward encounter wasn’t the only memorable moment from the Royal visit to Vasse Primary School.
The couple later enjoyed a performance by the school choir during a special assembly when two boys in the audience became embroiled in a scuffle, forcing embarrassed staff to intervene.
The incident sparked amusement from Prince Philip, BBC reported.
Teachers had spent weeks preparing the schoolchildren for the Queen’s special visit
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip spent the final full day of their Royal Tour in Busselton in WA’s south-west. They’re pictured inspecting Aboriginal food gathering implements during a civic reception
The visit in late March 2000 was the final leg of the Royals’ 16-day Australian tour, which included time in NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
It was part of the Queen’s 13th Australian tour and her second appearance at the school, 46 years after she visited during her first tour in 1954.
The Royals then headed north to Perth for their final night in Australia, where they attended a civic reception at Government House.
‘Prince Philip and I have been given the warmest of welcomes from everybody we have met, whatever views and aspirations they might have for the future of this country,’ the Queen addressed attendees.
‘This has been true of people from every background, age or walk of life.’
The visit to Busselton, WA in late March 2000 was the final leg of the Royals’ 16-day Australian tour. The Queen is pictured in Melbourne during the visit
The Queen has since toured Australia on three more occasions in 2002, 2006 and 2011.
The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne will represent her mother as the guest of honour when the Sydney Royal Easter Show opens this week.
Princess Anne, 71, will open the Easter Show on Friday and is also expected to tour regional parts of Australia.
She’s the first member of the Royal family to tour Australia since then-newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited in late 2018.