Queen Elizabeth II did a questionable thing in Paris in 1991 that sparked criticism from royal fans.

Royal biographer Robert Hardman said in his book “Queen of the World” that Her Majesty’s trip to Paris was a huge success. However, the trip also got the monarch some flak.

“For criticism, one had to turn to Scotland, where church organizations complained that a princess who should be offering guidance to the young had gone racing on a Sunday,” he wrote.

The Queen reportedly visited a race course that she came to know very well over the years. She was welcomed by some of the largest crowds at Longchamp and France’s communist papers hailed the visit a success. However, the 92-year-old still didn’t do away with criticisms.

Meanwhile, Hardman also revealed that the Queen and Prince Philip would often enjoy secret excursions during their royal tours. At some point, Prince Philip had too much fun that he snuck off on his own while his wife is busy with her engagements.

In 1954, Prince Philip left the Queen while they were in Australia because he wanted to have a beer with his mates. And while the Queen was watching the racing, Prince Philip snuck away to watch a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Prince Philip opened up about the experience and said that he spurned a royal box in favor of the pavilion.

“It would have been very easy to play to the gallery but I took a conscious decision not to. Safer to not be too popular,” he said.

Prince Philip and the Queen have been married for 71 years so it is only natural for the two to have experienced a lot of things together – both good and bad. The royal couple was recently plagued with criticism after they were spotted driving their cars without a seatbelt just days after Prince Philip’s car accident.

Royal fans and experts said that the senior royals should obey the law just like everyone else despite their status.