Late Queen Mother had 'wicked sense of humour', reveals Bryan Forbes
Director and actor Bryan Forbes and his wife Nanette Newman have revealed that their "very good friend"- the late Queen Elizabeth - had a "wicked sense of humour".
"She was very funny - funny about other people, funny about herself, funny about dinner. She would say, 'This food is disgusting,' and then help herself to more champagne. And if she was really not enjoying a meal, she'd laugh: 'Lettuce is always useful because you can put food under it'," the Telegraph quoted the 86-year-old Whistle Down the Wind director, as saying.
Newman added: "She had a kind of innate wickedness, a secretive thing. She would whisper rude things to you. I think she had a very young wit."
Forbes said the Queen Mother was fiercely loyal, too.
"If anybody did me down or crooked me, we would go to dinner, and she'd say, 'Let's drink to his health..." then she'd leave a sly pause and finish the sentence: '...under the table!" he said.
"We used to go to see (the Queen Mother) sometimes and have dinner on little tables in front of the television so that she didn't miss Starsky And Hutch, and she would say, 'You know, I hear they're really nice boys'," he further said.
Prince William and Prince Harry had once told the story of how she impersonated hip-hop spoof character Ali G at a Christmas lunch.
"It was two or three Christmases ago, and we were sitting down watching Ali G on TV," said William after her funeral.
"She saw Ali G click his fingers and say 'Respec'. Later that day, we were all in the dining room when she tried it out. She stood up and said: 'Darling, lunch was marvellous - respec,' and clicked her fingers," Harry recalled.