One talent, in particular, came to the fore and surprised everyone during a trip to Canada in 1964.
However, Kate Middleton, who will likely become the Queen consort when Prince William, 37, ascends to the throne, has admitted herself to lacking the skill.
So what is it that the Queen can do that Kate cannot when travelling?
Channel 4 documentary The Windsors: Secrets of the Royal Tours, looked at the Queen as she carried out state visits.
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