Queen Elizabeth II is often spotted representing the crown on a host of royal excursions overseas, in very different situations. The UK’s longest-serving monarch has globe-trotted to more than 120 counties during her reign, often accompanied by a large entourage. While abroad, and busy meeting a variety of people on official engagements, it is rare for the public to get a glimpse of the real Queen. Yet her light-hearted conduct was recently revealed by royal writer, Kitty Kelley.
he author told of Prince Philip’s wife’s “wonderful sense of humour” which came to light during a visit to Portugal.
Prince Philip had been away for four months on board the Queen’s yacht, Royal Britannia.
He was set to unite with the Queen, now 92, in Lisbon, before they travelled to Portugal together for an official state engagement.
Yet as Prince Charles’ was delayed, the monarch’s cheeky side surfaced, and was detailed in Kitty’s book, The Royals.
She wrote: “In Lisbon, the Queen’s plane circled the airfield because the Queen’s husband was running late.
“On board the Viscount airliner, Her Majesty and her 25 passengers, including Foreign Secretary Welwyn Lloyd and all her ladies in waiting, giggled as they pasted fake beards on their chins in preparation for Philip’s arrival.
“He had sent the Queen a picture of himself after weeks without a shave.
“It was the Queen’s idea,’ said one of the women.
“‘She has a wonderful sense of humour.”’
It is unknown whether Prince Philip, now 97, took the banter in the manner in which it was intended.
Meanwhile, even though the Queen appears supremely confident during trips to promote the monarchy overseas, it appears all may not be as it seems.
The monarch does not enjoy the process of travelling to far-flung destinations, according to royal biographer Robert Hardman.
In his new book Queen of the World, he told how Prince Harry’s grandmother is “famously stoical” about the dangers of royal life while on excursions.
He added: “However, she (the Queen) has never been a great fan of air travel.
“If St Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, can afford any extra protection then so much the better.”