Alexandra Whittaker
Jun 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

What's that saying about getting back on the horse when you've fallen off? If you fall off your horse, get back on? Or is it fall seven times, get back up eight? Whatever it is, it's completely applicable for Thursday's Royal Ascot festivities, where a man literally tumbled to the ground off his horse in front of a royal audience.

The Royal Ascot event, which was attended by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (but not Prince William and Kate Middleton ... ), seemed to be going smoothly until there was a literal bump in the road.

As Queen Elizabeth and the four carriages made a formal royal procession into the event, the universe decided this was the perfect time to royally embarrass an as-of-yet-unnamed member of the party. The man, wearing a formal red jacket, fell right in front of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie.

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Steve Parsons - PA Images/Getty Images

And you thought your most embarrassing public moments were bad.

Thankfully, the guy had a great attitude about the situation and jumped right back up. In true British form, everyone around seemed to politely ignore that it happened (except the cameras, the cameras can't forget). Express reports that he luckily wasn't injured at all, though they didn't account for hurt pride.

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While internally, Queen Elizabeth might have felt like she looks in this picture:

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The queen unsurprisingly remained unfazed.

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Not a bad way to approach things: When faced with a sticky situation, take it from the queen: Play it cool. 

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