To celebrate the Queen's 91st birthday, here's a reminder of some of Her Majesty's funniest (and greatest) moments.
1. When she was just like us on New Year's Eve
Back in 1999, the Queen and Prince Philip were asked to welcome in the new millennium during celebrations in London. When it comes to toasting the year ahead, apparently we share the same priorities as Her Majesty.
2. When Prince Harry passed his military training
When the Queen inspected the passing-out Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst in April 2006, there was one cadet who just couldn't keep a straight face. The monarch was no doubt beaming with pride as she walked past Prince Harry, who clearly found the sight of his grandmother inspecting his troop too much to handle.
3. When she acted with James Bond for the 2012 Olympics
For the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, the Queen joined Daniel Craig for a Danny Boyle-directed film that appeared to show the queen jumping from a helicopter straight into the London stadium. In truth, it was a guy called Gary Connery who pulled off the breathtaking stunt, but that didn't stop the nation from enjoying Her Majesty showing off her playful side. Five years on, the clip has been viewed almost 12 million times on Youtube.
4. When she politely declined to sit on the famous Iron Throne
In June 2014, the Queen paid a visit to the set of Game of Thrones in Belfast. While the monarch got within inches of the show's famous Iron Throne, she didn't appear to be impressed by the chair, which is made of thousands of swords and definitely doesn't look comfortable. So, much to the disappointment of the show's producers, she turned down the chance to actually sit on it. “Apparently the Queen of England is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne,” executive producer David Benioff explained during an interview with Late Night host Seth Meyers a year later. “This is an esoteric rule we didn’t know about until that moment.” Still, we're sure she appreciated the model version she was presented with at the end of her visit.
5. When she photobombed these Australian hockey players
Two Australian hockey players couldn't believe their luck when the most famous royal in the world popped up in the background of their selfie taken at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. And yes, as Jayde Taylor, who shared the image pointed out, the Queen even smiled for the camera. Something tells us she knew exactly what she was doing.
6. When she struggled to cut a cake at her local Women's Institute
Among many other things, being the Queen involves a lot of cake-cutting. And sometimes, it doesn't go according to plan. In June 2015, she helped the Women's Institute celebrate its 100th year and was presented with a large fruit cake commemorating the event. After the Queen struggled to cut a slice, her daughter Princess Anne stepped in to help. It was a tense moment, one which the monarch reportedly said was "difficult," but Her Royal Highness saw the funny side. Someone get her a better knife, next time.
7. When she made a joke about Justin Trudeau's toast
During a dinner in Malta, November 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau detailed Queen Elizabeth II’s long and full career and kindly pointed out he was the 12th Canadian prime minister to serve during Queen Elizabeth's 63-year reign. When she gave her own toast, the monarch quipped: "Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister of Canada, for making me feel so old!" Trudeau later tweeted that the Queen is "forever young" in his eyes. Always a charmer.
8. When she gave the Obamas her fighting talk ahead of the Invictus Game
When Prince Harry shared a video to promote the 2016 Invictus Games, no one was expecting the Queen to appear in it. Turns out, she was the star of the show. The clip shows the royal pair watching a video sent from the White House in which
9. When she joked about being killed by a poisonous plant
The Queen revealed a darker side to her sense of
10. When she scolded Prince William at Trooping the Colour
In June 2016, the royal family greeted crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (as they always do) at Trooping the Colour. But when the Queen looked over and saw Prince William was crouched down speaking to his son Prince George, she was not pleased and was caught on camera muttering, "William, stand up!” Of course, William immediately obeyed his grandmother's request, but Prince George has more of a rebellious reaction and . It was brilliant.
11. Whenever she's at the Highlands Game
The occasions whendrops her famous reserve are few and far between, but there's one annual event which has left monarch in fits of giggles over the years. The Braemar Gathering, which is held in Aberdeenshire, is enjoyed by the Queen and Prince Philip every September and yep, it looks like a real laugh. The line-up often includes caber tossing, Highland dancing and the tug of war. Clearly, Her Royal Highness approves.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.