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The Queen’s Muppet character comparison showcased just how remarkable her sense of humor was - as fans got to see throughout her 70 year reign.
- The late Queen is said to have once compared herself to an iconic Muppet character.
- The monarch’s instinct for humor was well-known and royal author Gyles Brandreth’s upcoming book is set to delve into this with sweet anecdotes.
- This royal news comes as the Royal Family’s unique mealtime preferences were revealed by a former royal patisserie chef.
The late Queen Elizabeth’s sense of humor consistently came shining through during her momentous 70 year reign. From the Queen writing “wickedly funny” letters on behalf of her corgis to the Queen’s hilarious response to Balmoral tourists who failed to recognize her, the monarch’s witty quips were legendary. And now her dry wit is reportedly set to be explored in royal author and friend of the Queen Consort, Gyles Brandreth’s upcoming biography.
As reported by the Daily Mail (opens in new tab)’s Richard Kay, Gyles' book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, will highlight her instinct for humor. And one particular occasion mentioned by Richard is the moment that revolved around the Queen’s Muppet character comparison and a moment years later that made this even funnier...
According to the royal commentator, Her Majesty once prepared for an open carriage drive around Windsor for her birthday when she found a bouquet of flowers and a rather risky card waiting for her on the seat. The card was reportedly signed by staff in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and it apparently had a picture of The Muppets’ icon Miss Piggy on the front - causing the Queen to burst out laughing.
“I thought: 'Well, she can't sack us all,'” claimed palace coachman Alfred Oates, who’d worked for the monarch for 57 years. “But there she was, as the crowds could see, laughing the whole way round.”
Whilst this might not seem like much, the card was a reference to a comment she’s said to have made. Upon seeing a video of herself, the Queen reportedly declared excitedly to her husband, “Oh Philip, do look! I've got my Miss Piggy face on.”
This self-deprecating comment is completely in-keeping with the Queen’s dry sense of humor. She showed her penchant for witty remarks on countless occasions over her 70 year reign and Gyles Brandreth’s biography is said to delve into her knack for impressions too.
As per The Guardian (opens in new tab), the author claimed in his book that not only could Her Majesty sing “When I’m Cleaning Windows” with singer George Formby’s Lancashire accent, she was also able to do an “alarmingly accurate vocal recreation of Concorde coming in to land over Windsor Castle”.
He also reflected upon one of the most iconic moments in the Queen’s reign and how she was instrumental in deciding the direction it would take when she filmed her brilliant James Bond skit to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Gyles claimed it was the “Queen’s own idea to keep Bond waiting a moment as she signed off a letter before turning around to say, ‘Good evening, Mr Bond,’”. He also suggested that she felt comfortable taking part in these kinds of things following the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, with a former senior courtier alleging to the author that “she would have felt her mother wouldn’t have approved - that it would have been a bit undignified”.
Now alongside all her inspiring achievements and important appearances, the late Queen’s Muppet character comparison and her other witty moments seem to be a huge part of her legacy for many.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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