Royal talk! Excavated video from 1991 G7 summit shows Queen joking that Prime Minister Ted Heath is ‘replaceable’ and speaks French – as Princess Diana laughs with Barbara Bush over drinks
- Excavated clip from 1992 BBC documentary Elizabeth R goes viral on TikTok
- Shows royal family talking to world leaders at G7 drinks reception
- Prince Charles, Diana and the Queen attended the event at Buckingham Palace
- The monarch can be seen talking to attendees in French before making jokes
- Giggled as she told Prime Minister Edward Heath he was ‘replaceable’
A newly unearthed video shows the Queen giggling as she chatted and talked in French with world leaders at the G7 summit in 1991.
A clip from the 1992 BBC documentary ‘Elizabeth R’ showing members of the Royal Family over drinks at Buckingham Palace has disappeared viral after it was shared online.
The short video shows the Queen, along with Prince Charles, then 43, and Princess Diana, then 30, chatting with G-7 leaders in 1991, in the run-up to the Gulf War.
In a fascinating moment, the monarch, then 65, could be seen speaking with Secretary of State James Baker and former Prime Minister Ted Heath, who talked about visiting Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
After he told the Queen that he had visited the country, you could see them laughing, before touching his arm and saying, ‘I know you did. But you’re replaceable now.’
Royal commentators responded quickly to the video, featuring Valentine Low tweet: ‘What stands out here: 1. How knowledgeable and articulate the Queen is and 2. How the men, including Heath, insist on talking about her.’
A newly unearthed video from the 1992 documentary Elizabeth R shows the Queen, then 65, giggling as she chatted and talked in French to world leaders at the G7 summit in 1991
Princess Diana was also featured in the video chatting with First Lady Barbara Bush, with the two laughing as they queued for a photo
The gathering included the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince and Princess of Wales, John Major, George HW Bush, François Mitterrand, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher and Heath.
During a conversation with Heath, the Queen referred to Baker and said, “He couldn’t go to Baghdad like you at that time.”
Heath replied, “Ma’am, I went to Baghdad.”
The Queen laughed and touched Heath’s arm as she joked, ‘Yeah, I know you did, but you’re replaceable. He couldn’t go to Baghdad at that time.’
Meanwhile, Prince Charles chatted with a fellow student about his painting skills and attending summer school
The Queen also showed her French skills by introducing a guest to the then Prime Minister Heath by saying, “You know all these people, and you know Mr. Heath.”
Later, the royal family joined an American contestant and Heath as they talked about an unnamed man.
Heath told the couple: “I was absolutely rude to him and told him the situation… now I’m getting a message back that he would rather he listened to my advice.”
The Queen replied, ‘I mean, I wonder if he’s in charge of his own situation? It’s very interesting isn’t it to have beaten someone morally, nominally, in all other ways…”
The Queen could be seen laughing with Prime Minister Edward Heath after joking that he was ‘replaceable’ in the clip
Meanwhile, on another occasion, Princess Diana could be seen laughing with Barbara Bush as they were told to line up for a photo of the occasion.
Diana giggled when Barbara replied that it was “just the boys,” and the late princess added, “Only boys!”
Meanwhile, Prince Charles could be heard explaining: “[I’m going to] summer school again this year… I’m really happy because I was able to finance it with the sale of my own lithographs, so at least I feel like I’ve earned it.’
The clip captures rare candid moments for members of the royal family, who have rarely appeared in such behind-the-scenes documentaries.
It was made by the BBC on the occasion of the Queen’s Ruby Jubilee and filming took place over the course of 18 months.
It was watched and approved by the Royal Family before being broadcast on the BBC in 1992.