Behind the mask, Elizabeth II had a lot of humor | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Behind the mask, Élisabeth II had a lot of humor | Death of Queen Élisabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II laughs while attending the Derby in Epsom, England in June 2016. The Queen's sense of humor was highlighted by her son, King Charles III.

“Selfless sense of duty, unequaled devotion”…King Charles III, who has been full of praise for his mother since her death, might have added another well-known quality of x27;Elizabeth II: her sense of humor.

Deadpan or overtly funny, she wasn't shy about making fun of herself either. She was apparently also a good impersonator, but impartiality obliges, she did not reveal anything about it in public.

For her platinum jubilee in June, she had been filmed having tea at Buckingham Palace with Paddington, the little bear from children's literature, who had offered him a jam sandwich out of his hat.

With a smirk, the 96-year-old Queen then pulls a similar sandwich out of her purse, explaining that she always saves one for later. She then begins to beat time on her porcelain cup, in time with the giant concert that opens outside the palace.

In 2012, for the London Olympics, she had already shot a humorous video where James Bond (actor Daniel Craig) picks her up in Buckingham, from where they leave together, a montage suggesting that the 86-year-old queen boards a helicopter before skydiving with 007 over the Olympic Stadium.

These two videos have been watched millions of times on YouTube.

She was very funny, said Daniel Craig last Wednesday in the American satirical show The late show by Stephen Colbert.

She likes to make jokes, and made one about me. We had a photo op, and she said "oh no, he's the one who never smiles".

At a reception after the Olympics , a British rower congratulates the Queen, who, deadpan, replies: Did you see how well my corgis performed?

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have fun at the end of a royal visit to Windsor Castle.

In 2015, when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays tribute at a Commonwealth banquet in Malta, recalling that she appeared on a Canadian stamp in 1935 and that she has known 12 Canadian Prime Ministers, she replies with a smile: Thank you Prime Minister of Canada for making me feel so old. The guests burst out laughing.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush didn't escape his stings either, when he got the wrong date when he welcomed her to the White House in 2007: he declared that she came to the United States for the bicentennial in 1776 (instead of 1976).

The next day, dinner at the residence of the British Ambassador in Washington. The sovereign toasts the American president.

“I was wondering if I should start this toast by saying 'when I came here in 1776'.

— Queen Elizabeth II

While a microphone was left open for a family photo at the G7 in Cornwall in June 2021, the Queen interviews leaders, seated remotely due to COVID. Are we supposed to look like we're having fun?

On the sidelines of the same G7, he is brought a ceremonial sword to cut a cake at a charity event. She provokes laughter by refusing the knife also made available to her.

On February 5, during a small reception at the royal estate of Sandrigham on the eve of her 70 years of reign, she is still invited to cut a cake.

The inscription is upside down, for the press, we explain to her. That does not bother me. I don't count, jokes the sovereign.

Among the most famous anecdotes, that of his former security guard Richard Griffin, about a couple of American hikers encountered during a walk in Balmoral.

L' man asks the sovereign, whom they did not recognize, where she lives. She replies that she lives in London, but has a vacation home nearby and has been coming there regularly for 80 years. You must have met the Queen, exclaims the man, according to the story Mr. Griffin told recently on Sky News. p>

No, but Dickie [short for Richard, editor's note] meets her regularly, she replies most seriously.

The hikers then ask the queen to photograph them with Dickie, who then photographs them with Elizabeth II.

“I would love to be a little fly when they show their photos to their friends in America, and with a hopefully someone will recognize me.

—Queen Elizabeth II

She also knew how to enjoy the small talk thrown at her. A former royal correspondent, Simon McCoy, quoted by The newspaper Times, said that in 1995, not knowing what to say about the royal yacht in Capetown , he had undertaken it on the traditional costumes seen during his many travels.

There is a country where all they have is; is a feather. And it worries me when it's cold, she replied.

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