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21 of Queen Elizabeth II’s Funniest Moments Caught on Camera

Photographers snapped these shots at exactly the right moment.

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An anniversary to remember

On the Queen’s 72nd wedding anniversary to Prince Phillip, she went to sign a visitor guest book at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. According to People, the Queen asked Dr. Robin Niblett, Chatham House director, “What’s the date?” He replied that the date was November 20, and the Queen then laughed and remarked, “Well, of course I know what the date is!” Then, after signing her name, the Queen said, “Now, well, that proves I came here.” Their relationship has always been full of smiles and laughs. Here’s a day in the life of the young Queen Elizabeth II.

Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II open the new Mersey Gateway BridgeTim Rooke/Shutterstock

All laughs

Meghan Markle and the Queen attended the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge together. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have since “stepped back” from royal duties. Here’s what that means.

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan MarkleShutterstock

Not impressed

This hilarious shot of Queen Elizabeth II was taken at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. We’ve all been guilty of getting bored in church. For more laughs, check out the funniest royal wedding moments caught on camera.

Queen Elizabeth II jokes with Prince Charles during the sack race at the Braemar Gathering.DAVID HARTLEY/Shutterstock

What’s so funny?

The Queen and Prince Charles share a joke during the sack race at the Braemar Gathering in 2017. If going to a sack race seems bizarre, here’s the most bizarre perks of the royal family.

Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor, UK - 09 May 2018Shutterstock

Is it time to leave yet?

Queen Elizabeth II loves horses, but at this particular horse show, she had places to be and people to see.

The QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot, UK - 15 Oct 2016DAVID HARTLEY/Shutterstock

Eyes open

Whoops, look like the Queen blinked because of the flash. It’s OK though, she knows how to laugh about it.

Chelsea Flower Show, Day 1, London, Britain - 23 May 2016Shutterstock

Dark jokes

This picture might not be that funny but the comment Queen Elizabeth II made before it was taken was pretty hilarious. During her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016, herb gardener Jekka McVicar explained to the Queen that Lily of the Valley was once used as a poison. The Queen responded by saying, “I’ve been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead.” These fascinating facts—and a few scandals—about the Queen will explain her sassy remark.

QIPCO Champions Race Day, Ascot Racecourse, Britain - 17 Oct 2015Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Itchy nose

Queen Elizabeth II itches her nose while she patiently awaits some action at a horserace back in 2015.

Queen Elizabeth II driving in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, Britain - 19 Jul 2015Invicta Kent Media/Shutterstock

Riding with royalty

The Queen looks so little behind the wheel.

Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor has her selfie photobombed by Queen Elizabeth II at the Glasgow National Hockey CentreJayde Taylor/Shutterstock

Photobomb

Even the Queen likes to participate in the occasional photobomb.

Royal Windsor Horse Show, Berkshire, Britain - 10 May 2013Jonathan Hordle/Shutterstock

Rain, rain go away

Don’t worry, Queen Elizabeth, we don’t like the rain either. The Queen doesn’t have to hide her feelings all the time, and she also doesn’t have to follow these British laws.

Queen Elizabeth II and John Warren celebrate as the Queen's horse Sign Manual wins the Dreweatts Handicap StakesDavid Hartley/Shutterstock

Celebrate good times

Queen Elizabeth II and John Warren celebrate after the Queen’s horse Sign Manual wins the Dreweatts Handicap Stakes in 2013. This is what Queen Elizabeth II eats before breakfast.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (L) laughs as Queen Elizabeth II gestures while they watch part of a children's sports event during a visit to Vernon Park in NottinghamShutterstock

Telling jokes

It looks like the Queen said something so funny that Kate burst out laughing. If only we knew what it was.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, River Pageant, London, Britain - 03 June 2012Rupert Hartley/Shutterstock

Don’t do that Prince William

We really wonder what Prince William said or did to cause the Queen to make that face. Maybe he said one of these words that the royal family is never, ever allowed to say.

2012 Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials, Newbury, Britain - 21 Apr 2012Rupert Hartley/Shutterstock

Not enjoying the weather

Standing on the grass in high heels isn’t fun for any lady, especially one of royalty.

Queen Elizabeth II, US President Barack Obama, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, First Lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham PalaceGeoff Pugh/Shutterstock

Calm down, wind

Ahh, the struggles of wearing a dress on a windy day. The Queen and Michelle know how hard it can be.

Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor, Britain - 13 May 2011Shutterstock

Too tired

When you work as hard as Queen Elizabeth II it’s hard to not get caught yawning. Maybe someone else should take the wheel.

Royal Windsor Horse Show, Berkshire, Britain - 10 May 2013David Hartley/Shutterstock

Tongues out

Is it proper royal protocol to have your tongue sticking out for photos? Tongues may not be in permitted, but everyone breaks rules sometimes, especially in these candid, rarely seen photos of the royal family.

HM Queen Elizabeth II attending the Windsor Horse Show.Shutterstock

Blown away

Even the Queen has boogers. But, not everyone has a fancy handkerchief to clean up in style like her. Here are 6 ways Queen Elizabeth II sends her staff secret messages.

Queen Elizabeth II State visit to Canberra, Australia - 24 Oct 2011Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Not fond of flowers

Maybe they weren’t her taste?

Horse Racing at Newbury Race Course, Berkshire, Britain - 16 Apr 2011David Hartley/Shutterstock

Not on her watch

Apparently, something was going down at the 2011 horse race in Berkshire, Britain.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.