Her Majesty the Queen is famous for her level head and perfect poise in public, but even the monarch can lose her temper!
The Queen travelled to Cardiff on Thursday for the opening of the Welsh parliament, and was overheard criticising world leaders about their lack of action on climate change.
Speaking to the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, parliament’s presiding officer, she said: “We only know about people who are not coming [to the Cop26 climate summit]… It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”
Her comments come after Prince William condemned billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos for launching space tourism over solving issues on Earth.
It’s not easy being an impartial Queen and we wouldn’t want to tick her off!
Here are five times Her Majesty has let her temper slip…
She scolded William for wrecking her property
Prince William still remembers the day the Queen gave him an “almighty b******ing” at Balmoral when he was young!
The Duke of Cambridge recalled a mischievous quad-biking incident which got him, and his cousin Peter Philips, in a great deal of trouble.
Speaking to Sky News for The Queen at 90 documentary, he shared: “Peter and I managed to herd Zara into a lamppost and the lamppost came down and nearly squashed her.
“I remember my grandmother being the first person out at Balmoral running across the lawn in her kilt.
“She came charging over and gave us the most almighty b******ing, and that stuck in my mind from that moment on.”
She threw a shoe at Philip
Even the Queen had a few spats with her husband during their 73-year marriage.
In the biography Prince Philip Revealed, author Ingrid Seward wrote about a royal row between the pair on a tour of Australia in 1954.
During a rare weekend off, a camera crew – who were filming a documentary about the tour – were stunned to see Philip charge out of the chalet, “followed by a flying pair of tennis shoes and a racket and a very angry Queen shouting for him to come back.
“Then the indignant Queen grabbed hold of her husband and dragged him back inside.”
According to the book, Her Majesty then apologised to the crew: “I am sorry for that little interlude. But as you know it happens in every marriage.”
She refused to remove her crown
Back in 2007, American photographer Annie Leibovitz was asked to take four official snaps of the Queen to celebrate her visit to the US.
Annie bravely asked the Queen to remove her crown, and it didn’t go down well.
She recalls: “I asked her if she would remove the tiara, I said it looked a little dressy.
“She said, ‘too dressy what do you think this is?’
“I thought she was being funny but I noticed that the dresser and everyone who had been working with her were 20ft away from her.”
Annie said she was impressed with how “feisty” the Queen was, adding: “What was remarkable about the shoot was her resolve, her devotion to duty, she stayed until I said it was over.”
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She told off William on TV
The Royal Family enjoyed the Trooping of the Colour from Buckingham Palace in 2016.
The televised event showed William crouching down on the balcony to alert Prince George to the planes flying over London – but the Queen wasn’t impressed.
Footage showed the Queen looking down in dismay at her grandson, who had his back to her.
Her Majesty nudged his arm and appeared to gesture for him to stand up.
The prince shot up and looked sheepish – it’s thought the Queen saw his crouch as a mark of disrespect to the crowds and the RAF.
She shooed away nosy photographers
Unearthed footage from the 2002 documentary H.M. The Queen: A Remarkable Life shows a rare moment of anger from our monarch.
Photographers blocked the Queen’s view as she watched Prince Philip carriage driving in Windsor.
The narrator explained: “She is not amused when a crowd of nosy photographers get in her way.”
The film shows the Queen gesturing briskly for the crowd to move and then said loudly: “Do you mind!”
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