Queen Elizabeth II death: Remembering James Bond Olympics skit she kept secret from royal family

Queen Elizabeth II has always been on top when it comes to celebrating key events in the UK.

The monarch has never hesitated to respond to requests from ceremony organizers who requested his participation.

On Thursday, September 8, the Royal Family announced that the Queen had died peacefully at Balmoral, aged 96, prompting tributes from the entertainment world.

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Following his death, people remember his appearances at high profile events, the most famous being the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Directed by Danny Boyle, the televised event took place on July 27, 2012.

Things started in an unexpected but very fun way thanks to a special cameo from Queen Elizabeth II herself alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond.

During the sketch, the fictional spy escorts the Queen from Buckingham Palace to the Olympics by helicopter.

An actor playing the Queen was later shown jumping from the plane equipped with a Union Jack parachute.

To make the scene even funnier, the fact that the queen hid her involvement from her family.

An actor playing the Queen at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2012

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Earlier this year, production manager Sam Hunter told broadcaster Kirsty Wark: ‘The Queen never told her family she was doing it. It was one of the stipulations when she agreed to be part of it.

According to Hunter, when you watch the ceremony, you can see the surprise of his family members as they watch the moment for the first time simultaneously with the rest of the world.

Another memorable skit involving the Queen happened just three months ago during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, when she performed a scene alongside Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishsaw.

Following news of the monarch’s death, the fictional character’s official Twitter page paid tribute via a touching reminder of the scene they shared together.

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