A video has been shared on Facebook showing an adorable little boy removing his top hat to shake hands with the Queen. The clip, which was filmed at Epsom Derby, shows the young child confidently approaching the monarch, before taking off his top hat and holding out his hand. Clearly amused, the Queen reaches out and responds with a handshake as onlookers smile in admiration. The little boy then briefly turns to the camera with a cheeky grin.
The video was uploaded to social media by Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who posted it with the caption: "Nothing defines respect better than a proper handshake! Epsom Derby with Queen Elizabeth II."
The youngster's impeccable manners have led some to speculate he is a member of the Saudi royal family. It is thought he could be Mohammed Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi – the son of Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, 32, and the grandson of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
The Queen at Epsom with Princess Michael of Kent and racing advisor John Warren
They were both in attendance at the famous horse racing event on Saturday, and were seen speaking to the Queen, who was there with her husband Prince Philip, racing advisor John Warren and Princess Michael of Kent. John can be seen over the monarch's shoulder in the video chuckling as the little boy offers out his hand before walking away.
The Queen was clearly charmed by the little boy. Now a proud great grandmother of five, the 89-year-old has a special affinity with children; in March she sent a special letter to a heartbroken schoolboy who had asked her to attend his grandfather’s funeral service, and last year wrote to a young girl who was upset about the death of Lee Rigby and had asked for a national day of mourning.