Queen Elizabeth II And 6 Moments Showing Her Humor And Personality, Including Calling Herself ‘Miss Piggy’
Sep 19, 2022 by apost team
2022 was a big year for Queen Elizabeth II, who in February celebrated 70 years as Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 Commonwealth realms. This was not only a milestone for her but for the entire world, as she was the first British ruling monarch to reach the seven-decade mark. In fact, she’s already made history and is the fourth longest-serving monarch ever. She’s only bested by one other ruler, Louis XIV of France.
However, tragically, Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Sept. 8th, 2022. She passed away while at her home in Balmoral after Buckingham Palace had earlier announced that she was under medical attention.
Born in 1926, she was born in London to the Duke and Duchess of York. Her father became King Edward VIII which made Elizabeth his heir. While Feb. 6th, 1952, marks the day that Queen Elizabeth, then 26, became the monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, it also has a sad meaning — it’s the day that her father, King George VI died. For anyone who’s watched Netflix’s royal drama series “The Crown,” they’ll be aware that Elizabeth was being primed for her future role as queen even while her father was still alive and he was king.
In fact, even in 1951, the year before her reign officially started and two years before her coronation in 1953, she already stood in for her father on some occasions when he was ill. Her father ended up passing away on Feb. 6th, 1952 and her coronation took place 16 months later. Throughout her historic reign, Queen Elizabeth II had many monumental moments that showed her in a light other than monarchy.
1) One example of Queen Elizabeth II showcasing her sense of humor was when she stumbled into a group of tourists who did not recognize who they had run into! The queen’s former protection officer, Richard Griffin, has worked closely with the monarch for more than 30 years. He spoke to The Times and revealed that the clueless American tourists asked Her Royal Highness if she lived in the area, to which she replied that she had a house nearby, as per The Mirror. Griffin said the encounter then became awkward as the visitors asked the monarch if she had ever met the queen. Griffin said she replied: “No, but this policeman has,” and gestured toward him. The former officer said the group then moved along without any idea who they had just met.
2) Laughter was an important part of life for the queen. So much so that, that she often made fun of herself. According to Daily Mail, following the wedding of King Charles III and Princess Diana in 1981, while at a wedding after party, Queen Elizabeth was enjoying a dry martini when she poked fun at herself. The family was watching wedding video highlights when Queen Elizabeth II got the attention of Prince Phillip and said, “Oh Philip, do look! I’ve got my Miss Piggy face on.” The joke quickly caught on and spread to staff and family members.
3) In 1998 hosting the then-crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Queen Elizabeth offered to take the prince on a tour. In the book “Ever The Diplomat,” written by Sherard Cowper-Coles, wrote, “To (Abdullah’s) surprise, the queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off. Women are not — yet — allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen.”
4) While visiting Northern Ireland in 2014, Queen Elizabeth II visited the set of “Game of Thrones” where she and Prince Phillip toured the production grounds. Meeting cast members, admiring the costumes, and even running into the show’s iron throne. Having the option to sit on the throne, the queen politely declined to sit on the jagged and spike-filled seat, according to Today.
5) In the age of selfies, Queen Elizabeth II made her mark in one of the most iconic selfie photobombs of all time in 2014. The photo was captured by Jayde Wells, an Australian field-hockey Olympian competing in the Commonwealth Games, according to TODAY. While snapping a picture off the field, they noticed the one and only Queen Elizabeth looking directly at their camera with a large smile on her face. Talk about a win.
6) The queen was always known to be witty. Whether it was or her response to Barack Obama when she said, “Oh really? Please,” or poking fun at Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Queen always had her head and ears on a swivel. According to NBC, in November 2015, Trudeau was praising the queen for her long reign. “Long and tireless service,” he said before she responded and said, “Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister of Canada, for making me feel so old.”
All of these moments are the perfect showcase of how Queen Elizabeth wasn’t just an icon figure, but also a human just like the rest of us. While the queen had shown that she was more than capable of holding such a powerful, regal and elegant position, she had also shown off her wonderful personality and cheeky mannerisms over the years.Queen Elizabeth (2020), (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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