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Throughout her decades as monarch, the Queen was known for her class and total devotion to the crown, as well as her unique sense of humor and quick wit.
There have been many instances in which Queen Elizabeth has cracked a joke. Whether it was during a speech or during a skit, she kept everyone on their toes with her sense of humor.
Here are some of the Queen’s funniest moments over the years.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Queen took part in a skit with actor Daniel Craig as James Bond.
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The skit started innocently enough, with James Bond escorting the Queen out of Buckingham Palace and into the Olympics on his own private helicopter. Things took a surprising turn, however, once the Queen boarded the helicopter.
At the time, an actress dressed as a queen was shown jumping from the helicopter and floating to the ground with a Union Jack parachute.
What made the whole skit even better was the fact that the Queen kept her family in the dark about her plans to participate. It was, in fact, a condition of his participation that his role be kept secret, so his family’s shocked expressions were all the more special.
Sketch of Paddington
Most recently, the Queen starred alongside Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw, in a pre-recorded segment for a BBC special event.
The two were joined by Simon Farnaby, who plays Barry the security guard. The three of them were enjoying a lunch of marmalade sandwiches at Buckingham Palace.
The clip ended with Paddington wishing the Queen a “happy jubilee” and saying, “Thank you, madam, for everything.” Shortly after news broke of the Queen’s death, Paddington’s Twitter account tweeted those exact words, thanking the Queen for all she has done for her country.
Speech by George W. Bush
During a visit to the United States in 2007, the Queen mocked President George W. Bush. Upon arrival, the President greeted the Queen on the White House lawn and accidentally aged her 200 years by saying she had helped the country celebrate its independence anniversary in 1776, rather than by 1976.
The president said that, following his mistake, the Queen ‘gave him a look that only a mother can give a child’.
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While the Queen let it slip in the moment, she reminded the President of his mistake later when he visited at a dinner hosted by the British Ambassador. The Queen began her speech at dinner by saying: “I was wondering if I should start this toast by saying, ‘When I was here in 1776…'”
The President took the joke in stride, telling the Queen in his toast that he ‘can’t top that one’.
Promotion Invictus Games
In an effort to promote the annual Invictus Games in 2016, the Queen appeared in a promotional video with her grandson Prince Harry. In the video, Prince Harry and the Queen talk about the upcoming games, when Harry’s phone rings as he receives a tweet from First Lady Michelle Obama.
After receiving the tweet, the Queen and Harry watch the video together. In the video, Michelle reminds Harry of when he “told them to bring it to the Invictus Games”, to which the chairman added: “Be careful what you wish for”. An officer in the background ended the video saying “Boom”.
The Queen then looks up at Harry and says, “Oh, really. Please!” Harry then turns to the camera adding “Boom”, bringing home the fact that the British weren’t scared of the Americans.
Ronald Reagan Weather Joke
The Queen was able to make serious functions a little more entertaining with her wit. An example was a state dinner in San Francisco in 1983 when Ronald Reagan was president.
As California is notoriously notorious for its lack of rain, the Queen was surprised that she only experienced rain on her West Coast trip.
In her toast at the event, the Queen acknowledged the fact that the Puritans brought many English customs to the New World with them when they arrived. She then added that she was completely oblivious and confused as to why they would also bring England’s bad weather with them.
Reagan found the joke extremely funny.
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Even the queen couldn’t resist a good photobomb.
During the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, the Queen was in the audience during a women’s hockey match between Australia and Malaysia. After Australia beat Team Malaysia, 4-0, the Queen took part in the celebrations in a unique way.
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When the Queen saw Australian defender Jayde Taylor take a celebratory selfie with her teammate, she decided to have fun posing and smiling for the photo in the background.
Joke with Prime Minister Trudeau
In 2015, the Queen hosted a gala dinner for leaders who attended the Commonwealth Summit in Malta. At the gala, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a speech honoring the Queen and her years of service.
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He praised her for six decades of service, calling her reign “long and tireless”, even saying that throughout her tenure as monarch she had probably seen more of Canada than the average Canadian.
During her toast, the Queen responded to the Prime Minister’s statement by remarking: “Thank you, Prime Minister of Canada, for making me feel so old.”
His comment made everyone in the room laugh.