Queen Elizabeth II displayed her compassionate side when a war surgeon who met the royal monarch in 2014 had a sudden post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) attack.
The amazing story was recently shared by Dr. David Nott on Sunday during BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs program, People magazine reported. The surgeon, who is one of the top vascular doctors in Britain, has been a volunteer for the British Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders for 20 years. Dr. Nott has been in war zone operating rooms and crisis-afflicted areas such as Syria and Afghanistan.
The doctor recounted how the queen had helped him overcome a PTSD episode when he met the royal monarch at the Buckingham Palace in 2014. He recalled that he was speaking with the queen when he had the PTSD attack, and was suddenly unable to talk. "I didn't know what to say to her. It wasn't that I didn't want to speak to her – I just couldn't,” he explained.
Dr. Nott said that the queen “must have detected something significant” and offered to help him. He shared how the palace courtiers suddenly brought the queen’s corgis into the room. The surgeon also mentioned the queen asking one courtier to open the lid to a container that had biscuits inside it. “[The queen] got one of the biscuits and broke it into two and said, 'Okay, why don’t we feed the dogs?'” Dr. Nott said.
The war doctor also revealed that he and the queen fed the royal monarch’s pet dogs for 20 minutes. He admitted that he was “seriously traumatized” given his PTSD attack at that time and commented on how the queen helped him because she knew about his condition. “She picked all this up ... You know, the humanity of what she was doing was unbelievable,” Dr. Nott said.
Meanwhile, the queen and her beloved corgis were featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s summer issue 2016. The picture was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. For the magazine's cover, Queen Elizabeth was photographed with four of her pet dogs. The royal monarch even had the corgi, Holly, sitting beside her on a bench while three other corgi and dorgi dogs namely Willow, Vulcan and Candy sat around the queen’s feet.
The Vanity Fair summer issue 2016 was released on June 2.