The Queen visits GB Hockey

Dan Fox meets the Queen

Great Britain’s Olympic hockey stars had the honour of meeting Her Majesty the Queen on Saturday morning.  Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Lord Moynihan, Chairman of the British Olympic Association, the Queen was given a guided tour of the Olympic village on the first day of the Games.

Performance Director David Faulkner was introduced to Her Majesty less than 12 hours after she opened the Olympic Games at the conclusion of the magnificent Opening Ceremony.  David, a 1988 gold medallist, escorted the Queen to the team’s townhouse accommodation in the Village where GB athletes Dan Fox, Richard Smith and George Pinner showed her around.  Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence also visited and were given the guided tour by Nick Catlin, Harry Martin and Richard Mantell.

Before heading off to training, Dan and Richard explained their latest brush with royalty, which comes just five months after the Duchess of Cambridge visited the team’s training session at the Olympic Park.

"It was brilliant!” said Hampstead and Westminster defender Dan. “Her Majesty and Prince Philip were refreshingly laid back. They were very interested in our accommodation and because there are nine of us [in the townhouse] she asked if he had to watch TV in shifts.

"We chatted about hockey and apparently Prince Philip used to play. They asked if anyone snores, which fortunately they don't."

Loughborough Students defender and penalty corner taker Richard said it was slightly odd showing the Queen around. “It was really nice but a bit surreal to find the Queen standing in our bedroom.  At first it was just her that came in and then Prince Philip snuck up just as I turned around. It was all quite light hearted.  When we were wandering through the house she pointed out our hockey shoes but we didn’t linger.”

Her Majesty played a memorable role in Friday night’s opening ceremony when she appeared in a James Bond film with 007 himself, Daniel Craig, before apparently parachuting into the Olympic Park.  When asked whether he'd spoken to the Queen about her first foray into acting, Dan said: "it didn't really come up in conversation, so I didn't mention it".

Both Dan and Richard will be looking forward to making their first Olympic appearances in Monday’s opening fixture against Argentina.  If you don’t have tickets to the match at the Riverbank Arena you can still catch all of the action in your local Hockey House and live on the BBC.

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