Queen’s ‘favourite question’ she asks to ‘catch people out’: ‘She quite enjoys it!’

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, celebrated the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne this month. The monarch’s Platinum Jubilee marks her extraordinary seven-decade reign – a feat unmatched by any other British monarch. Her Majesty’s father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952, and Elizabeth was declared Queen throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.

In her Accession Day message, the Queen made a surprise announcement about Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall after she said she wanted her daughter-in-law to be known as Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.

When Charles and Camilla married, Clarence House said her future title would be Princess Consort.

The Queen’s backing for Camilla comes ahead of an exciting programme of Platinum Jubilee celebrations later this year.

While Britain’s longest-serving monarch is known for her exemplary public service, she also has a mischievous side, according to Hugo Vickers.

The royal historian, who knows Her Majesty personally, helped plan her last three jubilees and has helped promote the Platinum Jubilee.

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He revealed that the monarch has a “favourite question” she likes to “catch people out” with during public engagements.

Mr Vickers told “She hears everything, sees everything. She is completely on the ball.

“And she quite enjoys catching people out. I think she and Prince Philip enjoyed that enormously.

“One of her favourite questions, which she asks with good theatrical timing, is ‘Are you sure?’ – well, you’d better be.”

The Duke of Edinburgh, who sadly passed away in April 2021 aged 99, was known for his cheeky sense of humour, which sometimes landed him in hot water during public engagements.

According to Mr Vickers, the Queen often recalls remarkable anecdotes while carrying out public duties.

He noted how she is able to seamlessly move from one conversation to the next, and said: “When she says these things, when she answers these questions, she’s very often moving on to the next person.

“And it’s kind of a side which comes, she just drops it to you and by that stage she’s moved on.

“She’s got a very good memory. You can’t catch her out. Her random access to facts and anecdotes and stories and things is quite extraordinary.”

But, he has not seen or talked to her for about three years: “I haven’t even seen her since that Commonwealth observance – that famous one with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The last time I saw her.”

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The Government has approved an extended bank holiday weekend in June to pay tribute to Her Majesty.

The celebrations will include a huge concert put on by the BBC live from Buckingham Palace.

Featuring performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment, the event will be one of the central attractions of the Jubilee plans.

One of the other most exciting elements of the Jubilee is the hunt to find the next royal dish to commemorate Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.

Launched by Fortnum & Mason last month, the Platinum Pudding Competition aims to find a dessert worthy of the Queen.

An expert panel of judges for the competition includes Dame Mary Berry, ‘Great British Bake Off’ star Liam Charles and Monica Galetti from ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’.

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