After the death of Elizabeth II, several personalities — from famous politicians to Daniel Craig alias James Bond — shared some personal anecdotes of their meeting with the sovereign, reflecting her keen sense of humor or of duty.
Theresa May and the odd cheese
Former Prime Minister Theresa May made members of the British Parliament die of laughter on Friday by recounting her misadventure which occurred during a picnic with the Queen at her Scottish property in Balmoral, where she died. < /p>
“We all pitched in to set the table. I took a piece of cheese, I put it on a plate and then I 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 picked up the cheese, put it on the plate and put it on the table”.
“When I turned around, I found that all my actions had been watched very carefully by Her Majesty,” Ms. May said.
“I watched her. She looked at me and just smiled,” added the former prime minister, concluding: “The cheese stayed on the table.”
Fake skydiver and real flying ace
Boris Johnson, Theresa May's successor, has also told parliament of the jokes he shared with the Queen and how she used to 'wow' tourists.
One of his anecdotes favorites relates to the humorous video broadcast for the opening of the London Olympics in 2012, where the monarch plays herself, alongside her beloved corgis dogs and actor Daniel Craig as James Bond.
“I remember her innocent joy (…) after the opening ceremony, when I told her that a leader of a friendly country in the Middle East really seemed to believe that she had jumped from a helicopter in a pink dress and landed in a parachute in the stadium”, he revealed, about the end of this video.
The former Conservative leader also recounted, as an “eyewitness”, the time he saw the Queen “driving her car herself, without a policeman or bodyguard, crossing the Scottish landscape at alarming speed” . All in front of “the most total amazement of the hikers and tourists we met!
Queen comforting some fallen politicians…
Labour MP Harriet Harman has shared how the Queen comforted her after the loss of her Minister in 1998.
“When I was fired, my calendar was empty and I no longer received any phone calls,” she said. “My team was surprised to receive a call from Buckingham Palace: no one wanted to do anything with me anymore, but the queen wanted to see me!
Before concluding: “I was invited to have tea with the Queen, so that she would thank me for my work”.
… and joking with others about their fall
Former leader of the opposition Labor party Ed Miliband, who resigned in 2015 after a bitter defeat in the legislative elections, for his part recounted how Elizabeth II had kindly joked with him about his fall.
“As my career took off, my wife's took off and she was made a Dame” (British honorary title, editor's note), he explained, so that they “were both invited to the palace to meet His Majesty”.
“When we saw each other, His Majesty looked at me and said Oh, it's you, what are you doing here?, knowing full well why I was there”, he remembered in front of the British Parliament. “We had a wonderful conversation then and there she was, at 93, still full of spirit, vigor and humor,” he added.
Mocking in the face of James Bond
Daniel Craig, the last actor to play British secret agent James Bond on screen, told US TV how the Queen teased him about his always serious look , during a photo session: “We were taking our picture and she said + Oh no, it's the one who doesn't smile. Great!+”