The Funny Way Queen Elizabeth Once Avoided Talking to a Dictator

When you have a job that requires as much work as the Queen of England, you have to have a sense of humor just to get through the day. From early in the morning until late in the evening, Queen Elizabeth has quite a demanding schedule. She is completely devoted not only to the people of England but also to people all around the world. She tends to royal duties, greets members of the public, and always makes time for family.

As the ruling monarch, it is pretty safe to say that not everything that Queen Elizabeth has to deal with is fun. There are times when her work is tedious, stressful, or even sad, depending on a particular situation. There may even be times when there is a person or two with whom she’d rather not have a conversation.

There was one time when her majesty did something quite humorous as opposed to just walking away when engaging with someone she didn’t care for.

The queen has a great sense of humor

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The royal family is known for being formal and serious, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t like to let loose from time to time. They are human, after all, and as everyone knows, a laugh and a fun time are good for the soul.

As it turns out, Queen Elizabeth herself has a wonderful sense of humor, according to Parade. She absolutely loves a good joke, and her quick wit often leaves those around her giggling. Many royal fans may not even know that there is even a book called The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II, by author Karen Dolby.

What funny things has Queen Elizabeth done?

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Now that we know that the queen enjoys making people smile, we have to wonder what, exactly, she has done. According to Woman’s World, the ruling monarch has more than proved that she is one of the funniest members of the entire family.

There was the time she was walking near Balmoral Castle alongside a protection officer when a group of tourists who didn’t recognize her asked: “Have you ever met the queen?”

Her response? “No, I haven’t.” Then, pointing to the officer, she added: “But he has.”

What is the funny way that Queen Elizabeth once avoided talking to a dictator?

Let’s be honest: When you have meetings with people all day long as the queen often does, there have to be times when you just don’t want to talk anymore. In cases such as these, some people just choose to walk away or even make up an excuse as to why they have to skip a conversation.

Queen Elizabeth, on the other hand, took a completely different approach. Who was it that she did not want to have a conversation with? Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was on a visit to England many years ago, when the queen, who was not very fond of him, did not want to talk.

Express reports that she was walking her corgis on the grounds of Buckingham Palace when she spotted him coming toward her from a distance. Rather than change directions, or even say that she was in a hurry and didn’t have time to talk, her majesty quickly decided to hide in the bushes until Ceausescu was gone. 

How wonderful to know that even Queen Elizabeth does silly things in order to avoid situations that she would rather not be in, further proof that the royals are just like the rest of us in so many ways.