Sunday 8 December 2019

Right royal selfie for hockey star

Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor, centre, and Brooke Peris, right, get photo bombed by the Queen
Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor, centre, and Brooke Peris, right, get photo bombed by the Queen

Athletes posting selfie photos on social media is already a well-established feature of the Commonwealth Games - but one hockey player is celebrating capturing an image of herself alongside the Queen.

Australian athlete Jayde Taylor was posing for a photo with a team-mate when the Queen appeared in the background smiling over her shoulder.

The hockey player then posted the picture on Twitter, writing: " Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!!"

It immediately swept the micro-blogging site, being retweeted thousands of times within just an hour complete with the hashtag #queenselfie.

The Queen, who is carrying out a series of engagements at venues across Glasgow today, soon featured in other photos from athletes.

Fellow Australian hockey player Anna Flanagan posted a photo and said: "What a day!! 4-0 win over Malaysia... And we just met the Queen!"

England hurdler Andy Turner also uploaded his attempt at a selfie with a photo of himself smiling to the camera and the Queen in the background.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the National Hockey Centre where they watched England take on Wales in the women's hockey.

They also met the Australian women's hockey team after their victory over Malaysia in the first match of the competition.

The couple have also been watching some of the swimming action at the pool.

Taylor said: "We were warming down on the second pitch after our game and the Queen came out to meet Donny (Madonna Blyth, Australian women's hockey captain). The security guard led us all round and we got to meet her.

"She asked us a bit about the pitch, how we were going and told us to enjoy our time here. She was lovely, really, really lovely."

Commenting on the photo she said: "Brooke (Peris) and I planned it so that when she came out the door she would be behind us. And then she came out and smiled at the camera. We were in the right spot at the right time."

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