Queen's sense of humour discussed by former royal butler
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The Queen has been praised for refusing to allow the “downsides” of the last year to interrupt her sense of duty, as the 95-year-old monarch continues to attend engagements with a “sense of humour”. Former royal butler Grant Harrold told Express.co.uk, that despite losing her husband Prince Philip, as well as the difficulties with Megxit and Prince Andrew, Her Majesty has continued “cracking jokes” during official engagements and has prioritised her role as monarch.
He said: “Certainly, before she went up to Scotland, she was everywhere, all over the place and cracking jokes and having fun and a lot of humour.
“That’s what I remember working for them is that humorous side of her, and it’s really nice to see that despite everything that’s happened, she’s still got that.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of downsides, there’s been a lot of problems with members of the family and she doesn’t seem to have let that stop her.
“That’s something she’s very good at.”
“I always think when things are going wrong in the family, any problems or issues, she always puts the ‘Queen’s face’ on.
“She always carries on with duty regardless, which is something that’s been drummed into her from a child.”
The Queen has recently been staying at Balmoral Castle in Scotland over her summer break, where she traditionally spends a few months away from the public spotlight to spend time with her family.
She is due to return to public duties in October, and is expected to embark on a busy schedule ahead of her Platinum Jubliee next year.
The Royal Family will celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with a four-day Bank Holiday between June 2-5, with a number of events organised to mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch.
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In recent months, Her Majesty has conducted several official engagements, including an afternoon tea with US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
She also attended the G7 summit in Cornwall in June, and hosted an evening reception for the seven world leaders and other influential business figures.
Earlier this year, the Queen lost her husband of over 73 years. Prince Philip, who she had described as her “strength and stay”, died at Windsor Castle on April 9 with the Queen reportedly at his bedside.
The Queen has also faced a turbulent period with her grandson Prince Harry, after he and Meghan Markle decided to leave the Royal Family in January 2020.
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In March, they caused a PR crisis for Buckingham Palace after they conducted a two-hour tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they openly criticised the monarchy.
Allegations included Buckingham Palace aides refusing to correct damaging tabloid articles about Meghan, the Royal Family ignoring the couple’s mental health, and an unnamed member of the family making a racist remark towards their unborn son.
Following the interview, the Queen released a statement to say that while “recollections may vary”, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained “much-loved” members of the Royal Family.
In recent news, Prince Andrew has brought fresh scrutiny upon the monarchy after a civil case was filed against him in New York, on the grounds of sexual abuse.
His accuser is claiming that the Duke sexually assaulted her on three occasions with full awareness that she was “a victim of sex trafficking”.
Andrew, who has been staying with the Queen at Balmoral, has consistently denied all allegations made against him, telling BBC Newsnight in 2019 that it “never happened”.
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