The last time Allan Scott met the Queen was in 1943, when he was a veteran of the Battle for Malta attending Buckingham Palace to be decorated by King George after shooting down five enemy aircraft.

He bumped into a 16-year-old Princess Elizabeth after sneaking out for a cigarette and was promptly “politely admonished” for not being where he should.

But lets face it, you can’t really hold a grudge against the Queen for 70-odd years. And far from being annoyed, the Second World War pilot said he was “thrilled” to meet the Queen for the second time at a royal reception in Edinburgh.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Second World War pilot Allan Scott
The Queen meets Allan Scott who she told off for smoking seven decades ago (Danny Lawson/PA)

The former Spitfire pilot and holder of a Distinguished Flying Medal said he mentioned the chance meeting to the Queen when he was introduced to her at the Edinburgh headquarters of Royal Auxiliary Air Force’s 603 Squadron today.

“It came up when we were talking and she smiled,” said the grandfather-of-three who is now 94 years old.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Second World War pilot Allan Scott
Scott said he was “thrilled” to meet the Queen for the second time (Danny Lawson/PA)

“I’ve been looking forward to the visit, I enjoyed it very much. After all, I haven’t seen the Queen for around 70 years, so it was quite a thrill to see her again.

“It’s been a wonderful day and I am so pleased to have met both their Royal Highnesses.”

Today’s royal visit brought to an end a week of public engagements for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in Scotland.