Theresa May and the odd cheese
Former Prime Minister Theresa May made members of the British Parliament die of laughter on Friday by telling them about her misadventure which occurred during a picnic with the Queen, at her Scottish property in Balmoral, where she died.
“We all got our hands dirty to set the table. I took a piece of cheese, put it on a plate and then brought it to the table,” she explains, when suddenly “the cheese fell on the floor”.
“I had a split second to make my decision: I picked up the cheese, put it on the plate and put it on the table.”
“When I turned around, I found that all my actions had been watched very carefully by Her Majesty,” Ms May said.
“I looked at her. She looked at me and just smiled”, added the ex-Prime Minister, concluding: “The cheese remained on the table”.
Fake skydiver and real flying ace
Boris Johnson, Theresa May’s successor, too told parliament of the jokes he shared with the Queen and how she used to ‘wow’ tourists.
One of her favorite anecdotes relates to the humorous video broadcast for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where the monarch plays herself, alongside her beloved corgis dogs and actor Daniel Craig as James Jump.
“I remember her innocent joy (…) after the opening ceremony, when I told her that a leader of a friendly country in the Middle East really seemed to believe that she had jumped from a helicopter in a pink dress and landed by parachute in the stadium”, he revealed, about the end of this video.
The former Conservative leader also recounted, as an “eyewitness”, the time he saw the Queen “driving her car herself, without a policeman or bodyguard, crossing the Scottish landscape at alarming speed” . All in front of “the most total amazement of the hikers and tourists we encountered!”
A queen comforting some fallen politicians…
A Labor MP, Harriet Harman, has confided how the Queen comforted her after she lost her post as minister in 1998.
“When I was fired, my calendar was empty and I no longer received any phone calls,” she said. “My team was surprised to receive a call from Buckingham Palace: no one wanted to do anything with me anymore, but the Queen wanted to see me!”
Before concluding: “I was invited to have tea with the queen, so that she would thank me for my work”.
… and ironically with others about their fall
The former leader of the opposition Labor party Ed Miliband, who resigned in 2015 after a crushing defeat in the legislative elections, for his part recounted how Elizabeth II gently joked with him about his fall.
“As my career took off, my wife’s took off and she was made Dame” (British honorary title, editor’s note), he explained, so that they “were both invited to the palace to meet His Majesty”.
“When we saw each other, His Majesty looked at me and said, ‘Oh, it’s you, what are you doing here?’, knowing full well why I was there,” he recalled. before the British Parliament. “We had a wonderful conversation then and there she was, at 93, still full of spirit, vigor and humor,” he added.
Mocking in the face of James Bond
Daniel Craig, the last actor to play British secret agent James Bond on screen, told US TV how the Queen teased him about his always serious look during a photoshoot “We were having our picture taken and she said, ‘Oh no, that’s the one who’s not smiling. Great!'”