THE QUEEN has mastered the art of keeping a straight face but that’s not to say she doesn’t have a wicked sense of humour. Here’s how the Queen revealed her cheeky wit during an awkward dinner exchange.
Queen Elizabeth II is a highly-skilled host – meeting and greeting hundreds or thousands of people each year at her many public engagements. While she may use her handbag and subtle body language tricks to get out of awkward situations, the Queen also often employs her keen sense of humour to disperse award situations. According to royal author, Adam Helliker, Her Majesty once revealed her cheeky sense of fun during an embarrassing exchange with a French statesman’s wife.
Royal author Adam Helliker told Fabulous Digital: “A guest asked Madame de Gaulle what she was most looking forward to in her retirement, which was imminent.
“With great elaboration (as she didn’t speak much English) she replied: ‘A penis.’
“An awkward silence ensued for some time, until the Queen herself came to the rescue, and she said with a broad grin: ‘Ah, happiness.’”
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According to Mr Helliker, the anecdote is a favourite of the Queen’s husband Prince Philip who is a renowned practical joker.
Prankster Prince Philip once tried to impress a dinner guest by hiding one of the Queen’s corgis in a cupboard, a royal insider has claimed.
A Buckingham Palace source told Express.co.uk: “Philip hid a corgi in a desk cupboard and when the Queen asked him where it was, he said he didn’t know.”
Philip’s prank backfired when the hidden pooch made a noise on hearing the Queen’s voice.
The source continued: “But then the dog whined after hearing the Queen’s voice, so Philip let it out and it ran to her.”
The trick prompted outrage from Her Majesty when she discovered what her husband had done.
According to the source, an unamused Queen told Philip to “stop showing off to guests” before leaving the room.
Philip didn’t hold back following his fuming wife’s departure but joked with the dinner guest instead.
The source revealed he “turned to the guest and said ‘who does she think she is?’”
The Queen and Prince Philip’s have been married for 72 years and the secret to their long-lasting marriage is said to be their shared sense of humour.
At the time of their 70th wedding anniversary, Royal biographer Ingrid Seward revealed: ‘I think the secret is they laugh together, we all know that life is very, very difficult.”
According to Ms Seward who is also the editor of Majesty Magazine, the Queen is an excellent mimic.
Speaking on Loose Women she said: “I think the queen is [the comedian]she’s a wonderful mimic, absolutely brilliant mimic.
“She can do Liverpool, she can do Liverpool really well, she does Irish she can do all kinds of accents. She’s very good at American as well.”