The late Queen Elizabeth II recording her annual Christmas broadcast in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle last year.

‘Yeah, well, that would have spoiled Christmas, wouldn’t it?’: New book on the Queen reveals the late monarch’s amusing attempt to downplay a threat on her life by a masked crossbowman who invaded the grounds of Windsor

The Queen’s optimistic – and hilarious – response to a threat on her life is revealed today in a compelling biography of the late monarch.

Written by author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, the riveting new book offers charming insight into the Queen’s remarkable sense of humour.

Mr. Brandreth, a former Conservative MP and trusted confidante to the royals, reveals how during her reign, the monarch seized the opportunity to be in the line of fire in stride.

He even managed to downplay an attempt on his life at Christmas last year when a masked intruder wielding a crossbow approached a police officer on the grounds of Windsor Castle and announced that he had come “to kill the Queen”.

The late Queen Elizabeth II recording her annual Christmas broadcast in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle last year.

The Teenager Suspected Of Scaling Windsor Castle Armed With A Crossbow In An Attempt To

The teenager suspected of scaling Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow in an attempt to “murder the Queen in revenge for the 1919 Amritsar massacre”

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Mr. Brandreth recounts how when the Queen was informed about the incident, she said to one of her team: “Yeah, well, that would have spoiled Christmas, wouldn’t it?”

The amusing anecdote is one of several moving stories contained in the book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, which is published serially in the mail + and the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

Occupying a unique position as a friend and biographer of the royal family, Mr. Brandreth recounts a series of stories that highlight the wit and love of practical jokes of the sadly deceased sovereign. He tells how it was her “ironic, dry, funny way of looking at things” that particularly impressed him.

“The fun of spending time with the Queen was finding out how much fun she was and finding out unexpected things about her,” he wrote.

“She could really sing ‘When I’m cleaning winders’ and the other songs that George Formby sang on his banjolele when she was a child during the war, and also in Formby’s authentic Lancashire accent. (After all, she was the Duke of Lancaster).

It follows revelations in the Mail on Sunday yesterday about the remarkable way in which the Queen welcomed Meghan into the Royal Family, despite her concerns that Prince Harry was “perhaps a little too smitten” with his new partner.

In today’s insightful excerpt, Mr. Brandreth reveals:

  • The Queen’s ‘accurate impressions’, including an ‘alarmingly accurate’ vocal recreation of Concorde landing on top of Windsor Castle.
  • After the 1973 wedding of horse-loving Princess Anne to Mark Phillips, a key member of Britain’s three-day events team, the Queen commented: “I wouldn’t be surprised if their children have four legs.”
  • How she joked with an American couple who didn’t recognize her while walking near Balmoral, telling them she “lived in London” but had a “holiday home on the other side of the hills.”
  • The Queen mocked her former Prime Minister Edward Heath, telling him “You are now expendable” at a meeting of foreign heads of government in 1992.
  • How amused the Queen found it when in 2018, Donald Trump walked ahead of her when she visited Windsor and inspected the Honor Guard. And that night, when she saw herself on TV, ‘moving after him’, she laughed out loud.
  • How he (Mr. Brandreth) once made her laugh by telling her a story she claimed she had never heard before: that Princess Margaret’s son David Linley’s first word was “chandelier.”
  • The Duke of Edinburgh recounted how his wife was ‘pretty normal’ despite being the subject of adulation for over 70 years. “She didn’t affect her at all,” he told Mr. Brandreth. “Never for a moment did he think her cheering was for her personally.” It is because of the position that she occupies, it is because of the role that she fulfills, it is because she is Queen. That is all. she knows that her head hasn’t changed because she’s Queen, not at all. She is quite normal.
Increased Security At Windsor Castle After Intruder Armed With A Crossbow Entered The Grounds On Christmas Day

Increased security at Windsor Castle after intruder armed with a crossbow entered the grounds on Christmas Day

Mr. Brandreth’s book tells the story of Elizabeth’s life and reign from a unique perspective, as he was one of the few authors to meet and speak with her, keeping meticulous, and often amusing, records of their conversations.

She had been close to Prince Philip since the 1970s, after meeting at a charity event where they hit it off.

Brandreth has continued to work with the Royals, launching a poetry podcast with the Queen consort earlier this year. She also knows the new King and Camila well.

In Sunday’s excerpt, Mr Brandreth recounted how the Queen was “devoted” to her grandson Harry and thought he was “great fun” and liked Meghan and did “everything to make her feel welcome”.

He revealed that the Queen also told Meghan she could continue her career, saying: “You can still be an actress if you want, that’s your profession after all,” but was “delighted” when Meghan said she would give up acting to pursue acting. to herself. to royal service.

The Queen liked Meghan’s mother, Doria, and lamented that the Markle family was “fractured”. She also said that while other members of the Royal Family found the Sussexes’ decision to name their daughter Lilibet, the Queen’s childhood nickname, “bewildering” and “quite presumptuous”, the Queen commented that it was “very pretty and seems right.” .

Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait is published by Michael Joseph on December 8.

Click here to read the excerpt from Gyles Brandreth’s intimate portrait of the Queen in The Mail+