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Queen Elizabeth II’s humour behind palace doors laid bare – ‘Has a big laugh!’

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Sally Bedell Smith, the Queen’s biographer, claimed the monarch lets her guard down around close company at Sandringham Estate. She added the Queen is “much livelier” than expected in private, and can be quite self-deprecating.

While staying at Sandringham, the Queen is more relaxed around guests, according to Ms Bedell Smith.

Quoting a friend of the Queen, she said: “‘You can hear her laugh throughout that big house.”

She then remarked about how the Queen “has a big laugh!”.

The biographer also shared stories of the Queen’s jokes to friends in private, and added she “is much livelier in private than what the public sees”.

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Ms Bedell Smith recalled when the Queen watched a rerun of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding.

The video was playing on TV during a party the monarch was attending in London – and she cracked a joke about her appearance in the clip.

The biographer added: “The Queen said, ‘Oh, there’s my Miss Piggy face’.

“She has the ability to laugh at herself.”

During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee portrait shoot in 2012, she lightened the mood with a joke to photographer Barry Jeffery.

According to Angela Kelly, dressmaker and close confidante of the monarch, the Queen ordered the photographer to “just keep the camera rolling!”

The monarch then struck a “series of poses, slipping her hands in and out of her pockets and placing them onto her hips, mimicking the stances of a professional model’.

Ms Kelly said: “The Queen was a natural. Barry and I felt we were experiencing something really special: a moment never to be repeated.”

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While the Queen usually strikes a serious tone in public appearances, occasionally she fires a quick-witted retort.

Richard Griffin, the monarch’s former protection officer, recalled when a group of American’s approached the Queen in Balmoral not realising who she was.

When they asked “have you ever met the Queen”, she said “no, but he has”, pointing to Mr Griffin.

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