Queen Elizabeth II has been the HBIC of the British royal family for over six decades, and she’s made some pretty badass moves during that time. She has spearheaded a history-making trip to Ghana, ordered divorces, and even critiqued episodes of Downton Abbey for historical accuracy.
Because of her serious veneer and commanding presence, we don’t often think about the fact that the queen is actually really funny. One recent example? During an interview reflecting on her coronation, Elizabeth manhandled the hell out of the Imperial State Crown, poking and prodding it while saying, “It’s very solid, isn’t it?” The humorous moment put the queen in a relatable light (as does her horse riding, car driving, and binge-drinking), but there are even more quotes from the queen that show off her biting sense of humor. In her book The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II, Karen Dolby compiled the monarch’s best one-liners — and we’ve highlighted 16 of them here. Enjoy!
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