The Queen's friend Lady Pamela Hicks has shared a hilarious anecdote about Her Majesty's sense of humour, revealing a prank the monarch once played during a royal tour of Australia.
- The Queen once played a hilarious prank during her tour of Australia in the 1950s.
- Lady Pamela Hicks shared the amusing tale as part of upcoming series My Years With The Queen
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The Queen's childhood friend and former lady in waiting, who also served as one of her bridesmaids, shared the story of the monarch's witty trick as part of upcoming TV series, My Years With The Queen.
"The Queen’s life has been entirely dictated by her sense of duty," Lady Pamela said of Her Majesty. "It’s a word that’s barely used and certainly not understood but duty was good. It gave you a goal.
"She is an amazing person; there’s such inner strength there. And she has just remained like that throughout her life."
Lady Pamela also gave viewers an insight into what Queen Elizabeth was like in her early years on the throne with the hilarious anecdote.
"I sat with Lillibet under a tree, listening to her holding forth about being marooned on a desert island," she read from a journal entry detailing the Australian tour. "But she cheered up considerably when a boatload of trippers appeared shouting whether we had seen the Queen, where is she?
"Lillibet, in slacks, tore down to the beach, pointed to the other side of the island and yelled, 'she went that-a-way!' and jumped up and down with joy as the boat disappeared around the corner."
This only confirms our suspicions that the Queen has a cracking sense of humour!
My Years With The Queen will air in the UK on Thursday April 1 on ITV at 9pm.
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