How was Elizabeth II in private? Personalities share their intimate anecdotes

After the death of Elizabeth II, several personalities – from famous politicians to Daniel Craig alias James Bond – shared some personal anecdotes about their meeting with the sovereign, a reflection of her acute sense of humor or duty.

Theresa May and the odd cheese

Former Prime Minister Theresa May made members of the British Parliament die of laughter on Friday by telling them about her misadventure which occurred during a picnic with the Queen, at her Scottish property in Balmoral, where she died.

We all pitched in to set the table. I took a piece of cheese, put it on a plate then brought it to the table“, she explained, when suddenly “the cheese fell on the floor“.”I had a split second to make my decision: I picked up the cheese, put it on the plate and put it on the table“.”When I turned around, I found that all my gestures had been very carefully observed by His Majesty.“, said Ms. May. “I looked at her. She looked at me and just smiled“, added the ex-Prime Minister, concluding: “The cheese remained on the table“.

Fake skydiver and real flying ace

Boris Johnson, Theresa May’s successor, too told parliament of the jokes he shared with the Queen and how she used to “amaze” the tourists.

One of her favorite anecdotes relates to the humorous video broadcast for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where the monarch plays herself, alongside her beloved corgis dogs and actor Daniel Craig as James Jump.

I remember her innocent joy (…) after the opening ceremony, when I told her that a leader of a friendly country in the Middle East actually seemed to believe that she had jumped from a helicopter in pink dress and parachuted into the stadium“, he revealed, about the end of this video.

The ex-conservative leader also recounted, as “eye-witness“, the time he saw the queen”driving her car herself, without a policeman or bodyguard, traversing the Scottish landscape at alarming speed“. All Ahead”the most total amazement of the hikers and tourists we met!

A shoulder for some fallen politicians…

A Labor MP, Harriet Harman, has confided in how the Queen comforted her after she lost her ministerial post in 1998.”When I was fired, my calendar was empty and I no longer received any phone calls.“, she recounted. “My team was surprised to receive a call from Buckingham Palace: no one wanted to have anything to do with me anymore, but the queen wanted to see me!“. Before concluding: “I was invited to have tea with the queen, to thank me for my work“.

… and ironically with others about their fall

Former leader of the opposition Labor party Ed Miliband, who resigned in 2015 after a bitter defeat in the legislative elections, for his part recounted how Elizabeth II had kindly joked with him about his fall.

As my career took a dive, my wife’s took off and she was made a Lady” (British honorary title, editor’s note), he explained, so that they have “both were invited to the palace to meet Her Majesty“.”When we saw each other, His Majesty looked at me and said ‘Oh, it’s you, what are you doing here?’, knowing full well why I was there.“, he recalled in front of the British Parliament. “We then had a wonderful conversation and there she was, at 93, still full of spirit, vigor and humor.“, he added.

Mocking in the face of James Bond

Daniel Craig, the last actor to play British secret agent James Bond on screen, told US TV how the Queen teased him about his always serious look during a photoshoot : “We were having our picture taken and she said, ‘Oh no, that’s the one who isn’t smiling. Very good !’“.

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