The British monarch is “mischievous” and funny behind closed doors, contradicting her composed demeanor in public, according to former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond.
The journalist – who had intimate access to the royal family between 1989 and 2001 as part of her job – made the revelation in a new book about the queen, ‘Elizabeth: A Celebration In Photographs of The Queen’s Life And Reign’.
She wrote: “The queen is not out-going by nature but she has learned to ‘work the crowds’ and, although she has never quite rivalled her mother’s effortless charm with onlookers and fans, she is a consummate professional. She also has a keen eye for the ridiculous, a dry sense of humour and in the privacy of her immediate circle she’s a dab hand as a mimic.
“When you meet her for the first time you may be struck, as I was, by her wide smile and the occasional mischievous glint in her eyes when something amuses her.”
However, Jennie, 62, warns that the monarch is a stickler for tradition and custom and does not appreciate people treating her with a “familiarity”.
She writes: “Beware, though, of over-stepping the mark: a touch too much familiarity and you will find yourself frozen out. For she is, first and foremost, the guardian of a position that she regards as sacrosanct: in an increasingly cynical world, the queen is potently aware that she is on the front line of defending the institution of monarchy.”