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The woman behind the crown: The Queen’s playful sense of humour and quick wit

The Queen is understood for her dedication to her royal obligation, her composure and her stoicism.

In the phrases of the late Duke of Edinburgh, she has “the quality of tolerance in abundance”.

As a monarch of 70 years expertise about to mark her Platinum Jubilee, her information of constitutional issues, royal diplomacy and nationwide life is unparalleled.

The Queen after the state opening of Parliament in 2019 (Yui Mok/PA)

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Not one for battle, Elizabeth II dislikes direct confrontation and avoids making rash selections.

She is taken into account cautious, conservative and a stickler for custom.

She was firm after the dying of Diana, Princess of Wales, insisting the flagpole ought to stay naked above Buckingham Palace as was the custom if the monarch was away.

But such was the public outcry that in the finish, as a mark of respect, the Queen was suggested to, and relented by flying the Union flag at half-mast over the Palace on the day of Diana’s funeral.

Her love of horses, canines and outside life has been a relentless, and she as soon as informed her using teacher “had she not been who she was, she would like to be a lady living in the country with lots of horses and dogs”.

The Queen with some of her corgis strolling at the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980 (PA)

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In public, the Queen retains her feelings in verify – none extra so than when she sat alone, holding again her sorrow, as she mourned at Philip’s funeral.

But sometimes, the depth of her emotions has come to the floor.

Her eyes welled at the memorial service for the victims of the September 11 terror assaults in 2001, and at the decommissioning of her beloved Britannia in 1997.

She shed a tear in 2002 as she poignantly took the Queen Mother’s place simply months after her dying at the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen leaving St Paul’s Cathedral after a memorial service for these killed in the September 11 terror assaults (Toby Melville/PA)

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Author Robert Hardman has informed how the Queen can’t abide rudeness and discourages over-familiarity by workers, deploying a “cold stare” if anybody crosses the line.

Yet the Queen additionally has a lighter aspect.

She has a playful sense of humour, a quick wit, wonderful comedian timing, and is a gifted mimic.

When a gaggle of American vacationers encountered the headscarf-wearing Queen strolling at Balmoral, didn’t recognised her and requested whether or not she had ever met the Queen, the Queen quipped: “No, but he has,” gesturing to the policeman subsequent to her.

In a BBC documentary in 2018 analyzing her coronation, she delighted royal followers by manhandling the heavy, priceless imperial state crown, pulling it in direction of her, turning it spherical and declaring: “This is what I do when I wear it.”

And she chuckled when describing how you could possibly not look right down to learn your speech with it on as a result of “your neck would break or it would fall off”.

In 2012 the Queen agreed to make a shock, show-stealing cameo look in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the London Olympics, greeting 007 actor Daniel Craig at Buckingham Palace with the phrases “Good evening, Mr Bond”.

The scene concluded with a stunt double of the Queen parachuting into the Olympic stadium.

Seconds later the actual Queen, carrying the similar peach dress as the stunt double, entered the enviornment to rapturous applause

Balmoral, in the Scottish Highlands, is the Queen’s favorite refuge the place, in response to pals, she used to behave fairly in a different way – “rushing around in tatty clothes, laughing, joking, joining in, singing dirty songs”.

But she stays the “boss” of The Firm, advising her household on the right technique to do issues as she protects the monarchy in any respect prices.

When the Duke of Cambridge wished to put on his RAF uniform to his wedding ceremony, the Queen insisted he wore his purple tunic of the Irish Guards as colonel of the regiment – his most senior army function – as an alternative.

The Queen and grandson William throughout the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (David Jones/PA)

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“I was given a categorical ‘no, you’ll wear this’.” William mentioned. “That ‘no’ is a very good ‘no’. So you just do as you’re told.”

He added: “She may be my grandmother, but she is also very much the boss.”

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tried to step down as senior royals, perform royal duties however nonetheless earn their very own money, the Queen remained agency – there can be no half-in, half-out function for Harry and Meghan.

In the finish, after a disaster summit, they stop as senior working royals utterly and moved to California.

Harry smiles broadly as the Queen opinions him and different officers throughout The Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 2006 (James Vellacott/PA)

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But the Queen has lengthy been accused of being ostrich-like with regards to troublesome household issues.

The Duke of York stepped down from public duties greater than two years in the past,  however solely now has she stripped her son of his prestigious honorary army roles.

Eventually the Queen, little question bolstered by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, additionally made the troublesome determination to cease Andrew utilizing the type HRH, in a bid to distance the monarchy from the duke in the Jubilee year whereas he faces a civil sexual assault trial.

Matter of truth and resolute, she remarked merely: “Fine, let’s go. Stop mucking around,” on being informed by her personal secretary that she must begin paying earnings tax in 1992.

The Queen, regardless of her wealth, likes sensible and joke presents, and as soon as warned Charles “Dog leads cost money” after he took her canines for a stroll at Sandringham and returned with out the lead.

She has additionally not been averse to scolding youthful relations.

William described how he and his cousin Peter Phillips bought an “almighty bollocking” from the Queen after their antics with a quad bike

He mentioned: “We were chasing Zara around, who was on a go-cart, and Peter and I managed to herd Zara into a lamppost, and the lamppost came down and nearly squashed her.

“I remember my grandmother being the first person out at Balmoral, running across the lawn in her kilt, (she) came charging over and gave us the most almighty bollocking.”

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