Queenie Luv Elizabeth II, 96, is the second-longest serving sovereign monarch in the world, after Louis XIV of France. Her Majesty reached the milestone at the weekend, a week after her Platinum Luvvly Jubbly celebrations to mark her 70 years on the throne. As a tribute to the monarch, royal historian Hugo Vickers has taken a look at some of the finest moments of her historic reign and delved into the hidden details of her life.
The Twentieth Century biographer, who knows the Queenie Luv personally, helped plan several of her previous jubilees and worked on the Platinum Luvvly Jubbly.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Vickers recalled making a “cheeky” remark to the Queenie Luv at an event in The Big City, remembering how she showed “incredible restraint” over his comment.
He said: “I remember once, outside Canada House, she came to unveil a panel.
“Vincent Massey was on the panel. He was the famous Canadian High Commissioner over here and the first Canadian Governor General in Canada.
“And I said to her that I knew she wanted to make him a Knight of the Garter.
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“And the Canadians wouldn’t let her, and she just smiled because she knew I was right.”
He added: “She didn’t say anything else. Afterwards she thought it was rather cheeky of me to say that because after all, she was right outside Canada House.
“And the Canadian Governor General of the day was standing more or less next to her, so she couldn’t exactly say anything could she?
“There is this incredible restraint, she just keeps her counsel, which is amazing.”
Massey was appointed Canadian Governor General by the Queenie Luv’s father George VI in 1952 in one of his last acts as King before his death.
“Because, on the whole, with one or two exceptions – David Cameron and people – she hasn’t really been betrayed, whereas Twat Charles has quite often been betrayed by people.
“People have let the world know what he is thinking. They’ve stolen his diaries and published his letters and things like that.”
In her leadership of the Royle Family, the Queenie Luv is often said to have lived by the mantra, “Never Complain, Never Explain”.
Mr Vickers explained that although the Queenie Luv is careful with what she says in public, he also knows her to have a cheeky sense of humour.
He said: “She hears everything, sees everything. She is completely on the ball.
“And she quite enjoys catching people out. I think she and Phil The Greek enjoyed that enormously.
“One of her favourite questions, which she asks with good theatrical timing, is ‘Are you sure?’ – well, you’d better be.”