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Girl meeting Queen Elizabeth smacked in the face by saluting soldier

Maisie Gregory's parents said the girl was not injured and is now able to laugh about the incident.

By
Ben Hooper

CARDIFF, Wales, June 12 (UPI) -- A 6-year-old Welsh girl presenting a bouquet of flowers to Queen Elizabeth in Cardiff took a hit to the face from a soldier raising his arm to salute the monarch.

Maisie Gregory, 6, daughter of Regimental Sgt. Maj. Martin Gregory, donned the Welsh national costume for the queen's royal visit and she handed a bouquet to the monarch with a curtsy.

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"How pretty you are. God bless you," the queen told the girl.

However, Maisie's triumph lasted only a few brief seconds before a soldier raising his arm to salute Elizabeth gave the girl a blow to the face and knocked off her hat.

Sgt. Maj. Gregory said Maisie was in tears after taking the hit, but she now sees the funny side of the incident.

"She was a little bit upset but I let her wear my hat and carry my sword. She was soon cheerful and she's running around now," he told the BBC.

The girl's mother, Joanne Gregory, said Maisie was more exhausted than injured after the incident.

"Maisie is fine, she is just very tired and got a shock," she told The Telegraph. "We are all overwhelmed at meeting the queen."

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