All that could be seen was the Queen's white and purple hat, poking up from behind the microphones.
Although the incident made headlines around the world, Queen Elizabeth was said to have taken the embarrassment in her stride.
The Express.co.uk cites newly-resurfaced footage of Her Majesty from a BBC documentary, Elizabeth R, discussing it with her husband, Prince Philip and her press secretaries.
The Queen tells them: “Not something that I would ever actually think of before hand.
“He [President Bush] is huge really.
“He is really tall.”
According to The Express, President Bush expressed regret about the incident, saying “it was not fair to her”.
Asked why he did not pull out the lectern’s step for the Queen, he said: “I feel badly I didn’t.
“I thought about it, but she started to speak and I didn’t realise how it would look from a straight angle, or I would have interrupted her.
“It wasn’t fair to her and I’m just sorry that it was overlooked.”
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