Lewis Hamilton recalled Queen's reaction as he fumbled royal protocol sitting next to her

Sir Lewis, 37, is hoping to make it a record nine Silverstone wins at the British Grand Prix

today. The Mercedes driver can also break another record he holds – the most podiums

at a single venue. The seven-time champion is currently tied with Michael Schumacher

on 12 but could make it 13 with a top three finish. Hamilton was the fifth fastest in the

third practice session on Saturday, while Max Verstappen was first.

Hamilton’s huge celebrity profile means that away from the track he has rubbed

shoulders with a string of famous faces over the years.

Among them is Her Majesty the Queen, who the Mercedes driver once met at a private lunch, the year after he was given an MBE.

Hamilton, who was also knighted by her son Prince Charles in December 2021