The friend confided to People Magazine:
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How adorably awkward is this??!
The bash was held to honor Irish influencers who've made contributions to British society and one of the perks of the evening included a very close encounter with the Queen!
Is it just us or is that a smile on Queen Elizabeth II's face as she shook hands with the boybander??
We guess not even she can deny his charm!
Who knows??! Maybe the whole 1D crew will be invited to the palace to sing Midnight Memories to her! HA!
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