After the death of Elizabeth II, several figures – from famous politicians to Daniel Craig aka James Bond – shared some personal anecdotes about their meeting with the Sovereign, reflecting her great sense of humor or sense of duty.
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Theresa May and one or two cheeses
Former Prime Minister Theresa May made Members of Parliament laugh on Friday as she told them about her misadventure, which occurred during a picnic with the Queen at her Scottish estate in Balmoral, where she died.
“We all got our hands dirty setting the table. I took a piece of cheese, put it on a plate and then brought it to the table,” she explains, when suddenly “the cheese fell on the floor.”
“I had a split second to make my decision: I took the cheese, put it back on the plate and put it on the table.”
“When I turned around I found that all my gestures had been very carefully observed by Her Majesty,” said Ms.me Can.
“I looked at her. She looked at me and just smiled,” the former prime minister added, adding, “The cheese stayed on the table.”
Fake skydiver and real flying ace
Boris Johnson, Theresa May’s successor, also told Parliament about the jokes he shared with the Queen and how they “delighted” tourists.
One of her favorite anecdotes relates to the humorous video released to mark the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, in which the monarch plays herself alongside her beloved corgis and actor Daniel Craig as James Bond. .
“I remember her innocent joy […] after the opening ceremony, when I told her that a leader from a friendly country in the Middle East actually seemed to believe that she jumped out of a helicopter in a pink dress and parachuted into the stadium,” he revealed of the end of this video .
The former Conservative leader also recounted as an “eyewitness” how he saw the Queen “drive her car herself, without a policeman or bodyguard, crossing the Scottish countryside at an alarming speed”, all before “the utmost astonishment”. the hikers and tourists we encountered!”
A queen consoling some fallen politicians…
For her part, Harriet Harman, a Labor MP, confided how the Queen comforted her after she lost her post as Minister in 1998.
“When I was fired, my calendar went blank and I stopped receiving calls,” she said. “My team was surprised when I got a call from Buckingham Palace: nobody wanted anything to do with me anymore, but the Queen wanted to see me!”
Before closing: “I was invited to have tea with the Queen to thank me for my work”.
… and ironically with others about her fall
For his part, former opposition Labor leader Ed Miliband, who resigned in 2015 after a bitter defeat in the general election, recounted how Elizabeth II kindly joked with him about his fall.
“While my career faltered, my wife’s took off and she was made a lady” [titre honorifique britannique, NDLR]he explained, so much so that they “were both invited to the palace to meet Her Majesty”.
“When we met, Her Majesty looked at me and said, ‘Oh, it’s you! What are you doing here?” I knew very well why I was there,” he recalled speaking in front of the UK Parliament. “We had a wonderful conversation back then, and at 93 she was still full of vigor, vigor and humour,” added he added.
James Bond’s face mocked
Daniel Craig, the last actor to play British secret agent James Bond on screen, told US television how the Queen teased him during a photo shoot for his always serious look: “We had our picture taken and she said, ‘Oh no, that’s the one that doesn’t smile. Very good!””