Queen Elizabeth II was once described as “devastatingly beautiful” while on a royal tour but not by Prince Philip.

Several years ago, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh traveled to West Germany for a royal engagement. The trip saw the Queen break German tradition when she received a flattering comment.

In the book “Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times,” royal author Sarah Bradford said that while on a 10-day tour of Germany, Prince Philip and the Queen explored the country on board a private train.

“At the castle of Bruhl, near the Federal capital of Bonn, the Queen triumphed looking as one observer remarked, ‘devastatingly beautiful,’ as she descended on the staircase to a fanfare of trumpets, the embroidery on her dress echoing the plasterwork rococo swirls on the ceiling,” she said.

Following the compliment, the Queen was asked to attend an official reception at the town hall in Hamburg. It was during the gathering that the monarch played a key role in swerving German tradition.

“There was a tradition that the Mayor of Hamburg would stand up at the top to greet the visitor and would never descend to welcome even the Emperor in the days of the Empire; the Mayor decided to waive tradition in honor of the Queen,” Bradford said.

The mayor reportedly said that he couldn’t go down to greet the Queen of England but he decided to go down to greet a lady. The mayor bowed to the Queen in what was believed to be an unaccepted custom.

In related news, the Queen and Prince Philip also made headlines recently after it was revealed that they do not sleep on the same bed. A royal expert said that the couple’s decision to sleep on separate beds shouldn’t come as a surprise because they are both seniors.

Couples usually avoid sleeping on the same bed or even in the same room if their partners or if they snore to avoid waking each other up.

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Pictured: The Queen, Prince Philip depart a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England. Getty Images/Chris Jackson