Queen wrote ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her CORGIS, Alexander Armstrong reveals in a new documentary
Queen wrote ‘insanely funny’ letters from her CORGIS to her former equerry, Alexander Armstrong discovered while filming a new royal documentary
- Alexander Armstrong discovered letters in the bathroom of former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson while making documentary The Queen and her Cousins for ITV
- The Pointless presenter said the letters showed her “bad sense of humor.”
- The documentary is airing as part of the series marking Queen’s upcoming 95th birthday
The Queen wrote ‘terribly funny’ letters from her corgis to the dogs of her horse, Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson, it was revealed
The Queen wrote “ insanely funny ” letters from her corgis to former rider Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson, Alexander Armstrong has revealed.
The TV host shared the anecdote after filming a new documentary, The Queen and her Cousins, one of a series showing on ITV to mark the Queen’s upcoming 95th birthday.
Mr. Armstrong recalled seeing framed handwritten letters in the bathroom of Her Majesty’s former horse horse written from her dogs to his.
Mr. Armstrong said it showed her “godless sense of humor” and that he saw the notes while visiting the late Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson’s home while filming.
Mr. Armstrong, 51, told the Daily Telegraph, “He would write these letters from their Jack Russell to the Corgis and the Queen would write these letters back.
“I remember holding my stomach, crying with laughter.”
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson was a Knight of the Queen and Deputy Caretaker of the Royal Household from 1976 to 1994.
In the documentary, which will be shown on ITV, the Pointless presenter meets the royal cousins who share details about their most famous family member and reveal what it’s like to be part of the extraordinary family.
Alexander begins in Kent, where he meets one of The Queen’s third cousins, Princess Olga Romanoff.
Princess Olga lives in Provender House and runs part of the imposing family home as a holiday rental with her daughter.
She says, “I always said I would never do other people’s dirty laundry, never.
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson, in the photo, second from left, was equal to the Queen from 1976 to 1994 and Mr. Armstrong found the framed letters in his bathroom
“Fortunately, now that this is underway, it should bring in some income in the direction of £ 50,000 a year to keep the place.”
Describing her relief at being free from the royal life, she said, ‘When my father was a widow, he married my mother without asking the Queen’s permission at the time, who was the Queen Mother.
“I believe the Queen Mother is sad, and so his invitations to the palace and all that have dried up.”
When asked if there was still a fairytale attached to the royal family, Princess Olga made her mind about the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview.
She said to The Telegraph, “Yes and no – it depends if they tell you about their problems on television, which I’m afraid I’m not too keen on.”
The program describes how Princess Olga’s grandmother was saved by her cousin King George V in 1918 and transferred from Crimea to England after other members of their family were executed by communist revolutionaries.
Pictured: Alexander Armstrong with the Queen’s third cousin, Princess Olga Romanoff
Princess Olga says she’s happy not to be an imperial princess, adding, ‘You don’t want to scrub every day. You want to smell like horses and you don’t want to be torn apart. ‘
She adds, “The Queen took Charles and Anne to have tea with my grandmother and they apparently had beautiful manners and I had awful manners.”
During the documentary, Princess Olga goes on a road trip with Alexander to find more of her relatives.
The Queen has had corgis her entire life and recently welcomed two new dogs after a corgi – Vulcan – passed away in November.
The Queen and her cousins with Alexander Armstrong are on ITV Thursday, April 15 at 9pm.