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A boy became so overwhelmed by a visit from the Queen that he dropped to his knees and crawled out the nearest door

INSIDER logoINSIDER 2018-12-06 Tom Murray
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  • The Queen visited the UK's oldest charity on Wednesday.
  • She was opening the Queen Elizabeth II Centre - a national centre for Coram, which helps improve the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.
  • As part of the visit, the Queen met a number of children who had benefited from the charity, including nine-year-old Nathan Grant.
  • Grant found the encounter a tad overwhelming, and promptly dropped to his knees before crawling through the nearest exit.

Meeting the head of the British monarchy can be pretty overwhelming.

Nine-year-old Nathan Grant found this out firsthand when Queen Elizabeth II visited Coram, the UK's oldest children's charity, which is based in the Foundling Hospital in London.

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The Queen was calling in to open the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a national centre for children launched to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of the charity's founder, Thomas Coram.

As part of her visit, the Queen was introduced to a number of children who had benefited from the charity, including nine-year-old Nathan Grant.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera © Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images

The young boy found the encounter a bit too overwhelming, though, and dropped to his knees before heading for the nearest exit.

a group of people posing for the camera © Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images

"That's his version of a bow," the boy's mother Carrie, who is a former British TV presenter, said as the room erupted with laughter. Grant then shouted "bye" to the crowd from an adjacent room. 

The Queen was also greeted somewhat less nervously by 102-year-old Edward Newton, who is the oldest surviving pupil of the Foundling Hospital.

Newton had had experience with the royals in the past, though - he recalled meeting King George on his visit to the hospital in 1926, saying: "I was a little tot."

The author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who was one of the first Coram fellows, said: "I just think it's a wonderful organisation and it's very much to do with helping children now in new ways."

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