Queen Elizabeth II fun side revealed - she’s not as serious as you think

Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II is 'not as formal as people imagine'

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth II is said to have a secret fun side, according to a royal author.

The British monarch is head of the Royal Family and has a lot of responsibility, but it's understood the Queen has a secret side to her in which she's not as formal as you'd expect.

It comes as the Queen, who turns 95 this year, gave up control of a major royal duty on the Sandringham House estate and handed it to son Prince Charles, as it's revealed he gave up his beloved home ahead of becoming king.

Ahead of her new novel The Windsor Knot, author Sophia Bennett extensively researched the habits and personality of Queen Elizabeth II by talking to Buckingham Palace sources.

And she has teased a few details which claim the Queen has a secret fun side.

The new novel is the story of an alternate Queen who is a crime-solving detective around her usual royal responsibilities.

And it looks like the real-life Queen behaves differently than one would imagine in Buckingham Palace. After all, Her Majesty has in recent months taken part in zoom calls with members of the public.

Ms. Bennett, who publishes under the name SJ Bennett, told Yahoo Style UK the Queen, 94, “is not nearly as formalistic as people might imagine”.

She said, “You might see her wandering around Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. If staff see her they might give her a brief nod or curtsy but she does not expect them to drop everything they were doing."

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The Queen was reported to have burst out laughing when Meghan Markle gave her a Christmas present, and it's this carefree side which we rarely see.

Ms. Bennett, who first became interested in the royal family when Her Majesty celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977, added, "[The Queen] can play with protocol – she does not break it, but she is not nearly as formalistic as people might imagine.”

And even the Royal Family's official website nods to there not being any "obligatory codes of behavior" when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family. But it added, 'Many people wish to observe the traditional forms.'

And if you're wondering what those traditional formalities are, it's a neck bow for men and a small curtsy for women, while others prefer a simple handshake.

When it comes to speaking to the Queen the correct formal way to address her is by using ‘Your Majesty’ followed by ‘Ma’am’ thereafter.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.