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