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Seven times the queen left us chuckling with her sense of humor

There were several occasions during her seven decades on the throne when the queen left the public both surprised and amused by her wit.

Seven times the queen left us chuckling with her sense of humor
Cover Image Source: Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Although she embodied royal etiquette in every way possible, the late Queen Elizabeth II—the longest-reigning monarch in British history—had many moments of levity when she let the world glimpse her quick wit and strong sense of humor. During her seven decades on the throne, there were several occasions when Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor left the public both surprised and amused by poking fun at world leaders and making hilarious appearances on camera to promote the 2012 Olympics and 2016 Invictus Games. Here's a look at seven such moments displaying the late monarch's downright devilish sense of humor:

1. When the queen ribbed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Image Source: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau shake hands with Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace on November 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Image Source: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau shake hands with Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace on November 25, 2015, in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

According to Insider, when the Canadian prime minister toasted Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign at a gala for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015, the queen appeared to delight in making him squirm as she retorted: "Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister of Canada, for making me feel so old."

2. When she joked about being poisoned

Image Source: Queen Elizabeth II is pictured next to a floral exhibit by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, which features an image of the Queen, at Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WP Pool/Getty Images)
Image Source: Queen Elizabeth II is pictured next to a floral exhibit by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, which features an image of the Queen, at Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2016, in London, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WP Pool/Getty Images)

When herb gardener Jekka McVicar informed the queen at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016 that lily of the valley flowers had historically been used as a poison, she showed off her dark sense of humor by replying: "I've been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead."

3. The time she insisted on cutting a cake with a ceremonial sword

Image Source: Queen Elizabeth II attempts to cut a cake with a sword to celebrate of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021 in St Austell, Cornwall, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Image Source: Queen Elizabeth II attempts to cut a cake with a sword to celebrate The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021, in St Austell, Cornwall, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Attending a reception with volunteers who were working to organize her Platinum Jubilee, the queen showed off some royal flair when she chose a large ceremonial sword to cut a celebratory cake. When someone at the event suggested that perhaps she could use something better suited to the task at hand, she responded: "I know there is. This is something that is more unusual."

4. When she appeared to jump out of a helicopter with none other than James Bond



 

The queen made a memorable appearance in a video alongside actor Daniel Craig when London hosted the 2012 Olympics and appeared to jump out of a helicopter at one point. While the jump was actually performed by stuntman Gary Connery, royal dressmaker Angela Kelly revealed in her memoir, "The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe," that Queen Elizabeth "was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately."

"I asked then if she would like a speaking part," Kelly wrote. "Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: 'Of course, I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.'"

5. Her mic-drop moment in a promotional video for the 2016 Invictus Games with Prince Harry



 

The 39-second video features the royals discussing the Invictus Games when Harry receives a competitive video message from Michelle Obama. "Hey, Prince Harry, remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?" she says. "Careful what you wish for," then-President Barack Obama chimes in, as a soldier in the background mimes dropping a mic.

"Oh, really, please," the queen responds upon seeing the message, prompting her proud grandson to drop a "mic" of his own.

6. That time when she made world leaders laugh during a photo op at the 2021 G7 Summit

Image Source: World leaders at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021 in St Austell, Cornwall, England. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Image Source: World leaders at The Eden Project during the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021, in St Austell, Cornwall, England. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

"Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourself?" the queen asked, eliciting laughs from the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel and U.S. President Joe Biden. 

7. A royal photobomb



 

Jayde Taylor, a member of the Australia Commonwealth Games hockey team, got more than she bargained for when she took a selfie photo of herself and one of her team mates to mark the moment she was introduced to the monarch. Just as they were snapping the photograph, Queen Elizabeth turned toward their camera from behind a wire fence, sporting a wide grin.

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