February 4, 2023

Following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, several celebrities, from prominent politicians to Daniel Craig (alias James Bond), shared some personal anecdotes from their meetings with the monarch that reflected her keen sense of humor or responsibility.

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Theresa May and Strange Cheese

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on Friday about her tragic picnic with the Queen at Balmoral’s Scottish estate where she died.

“We were all involved in setting the table. I took a piece of cheese, put it on a plate, and I brought it to the table,” she explained, when suddenly “the cheese fell on the floor”.

“I made a decision in a split second: I took the cheese, put it on a plate, and put it on the table”.

“When I turned around, I found that all my actions were being watched very carefully by Her Majesty the Queen,” Ms May said.

“I looked at her. She looked at me and just smiled,” the former prime minister added, concluding: “The cheese was left on the table.”

Fake skydivers and real flying ace

Theresa May’s successor, Boris Johnson, also told parliament about the jokes he shared with the Queen and how she has “wowed” tourists in the past.

One of her favorite anecdotes has to do with a humorous video released for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, in which the monarch plays herself, jumping as James with her beloved corgi and actor Daniel Craig.

“I remember her innocent joy after the opening ceremony (…), when I told her that the leader of a friendly country in the Middle East seemed to really believe that she had jumped out of a helicopter in a pink dress and landed on a parachute in the stadium, ‘ he revealed, about the end of the video.

The former Conservative leader also spoke as an “eyewitness” of seeing the Queen “drive herself, without police or bodyguards, across the Scottish landscape at breakneck speed”. Everything in “The most amazing hikers and tourists we’ve ever encountered! »

A queen comforting some fallen politicians…

Labour MP Harriet Harman has revealed how the Queen comforted her after losing her ministerial position in 1998.

“When I was fired, my calendar was empty and I stopped getting any calls,” she said. “My team was surprised to receive a call from Buckingham Palace: nobody wants to do anything with me, but the Queen wants to see me! »

Before closing: “I was invited to have tea with the Queen so she would thank me for my work”.

… sarcastically talking to other people about their depravity

Ed Miliband, the former leader of the opposition Labour Party, who resigned in 2015 after a crushing defeat in the legislative election, told how Queen Elizabeth II joked with him about his depravity.

He explained: “As my career took off, so did my wife, who was made a Dame” (a British honorary title, editor’s note), so they were “all invited to the palace to meet her majesty”.

“When we met, His Majesty looked at me and said oh, it’s you, what are you doing here? It was very clear why I was there,” he recalled in front of the British Parliament. “We had a great conversation then, and she was there, 93, still full of energy, energy and humor,” he added.

mocking james bond

Daniel Craig, the last actor to play British agent James Bond on screen, told US TV the Queen made fun of how serious he was when he was photographed: “We were taking pictures of us and she said + oh no , this is someone who doesn’t laugh. Good! + »

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