The Queen went viral earlier this week as she insisted on cutting a cake with a massive sword (Image: Getty Images)

Get our daily royal round-up direct to your inbox

Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign upWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice

She's known for her stony expression and no-nonsense approach to royal duty – but the Queen isn't averse to the occasional witty one-liner.

Meeting the Australian Prime Minister on Tuesday following the G7 summit in Cornwall, Her Majesty was met with a bout of flattery as Scott Morrison said: "You were quite the hit. Everyone was talking about you at dinner the next night"

In a typically British response, the 95-year-old rolled her eyes and drawled: "Oh lord… were they really?"

Earlier this week, the monarch also went viral after insisting on cutting a cake at a royal engagement with a massive ceremonial sword, explaining: "This is more unusual".

Taking the mantle from her late husband Prince Philip – famed for his own cutting wit – the Queen appears to be enjoying herself as she gets out and about after lockdown.

And in fact, over the years, she's shown herself to be one of the Royal Family's most unappreciated comedians – issuing withering putdowns to world leaders and photobombing unsuspecting fans. Here are some of her most hilarious moments.

Photobombs hockey stars

Remember when photobombing was a craze? The Queen certainly does, after forcing one unsuspecting hockey star to do a double take.

Australian Jade Taylor was taking a snap with a team mate at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when Her Royal Highness walked into the shot.

Hockey player Jade Taylor was stunned to find her selfie was photobombed by no less than the Queen of England
(Image: jessmarquez/Instagram)

She was seen grinning cheekily at the camera as Jade and her pal posed.

The picture was posted to Instagram where Jade commented: "Ahhhhh the Queen photo-bombed our selfie!"

A pal responded: "Awesome photobomb by her Majesty, straight up legend!"

Mocking George Bush gaffe

George W Bush's public speaking gaffes were a long-running joke during his presidential term, and he saved a fine one for the Royal Family.

At the end of a US visit in 2007, the president stumbled over a line in his speech during a Washington dinner, suggesting the Queen had helped celebrate the US bicentennial in 1776, rather than 1976.

The Queen joked about her age after a blunder by former president George W Bush
(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Mortified by his mistake, he winked at the monarch, saying: "She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child."

Always one for a dry one-liner, the Queen later began her own speech by saying: "I wondered whether I should start this toast by saying, 'When I was here in 1776'."

A laughing Bush responded: "Your Majesty, I can't top that one."

Chuckling at blushing Harry…

It takes a lot to get a laugh out of the Queen, but the sight of her blushing grandson proved too much for her in 2006.

Her Majesty couldn't help but grin at a blushing Prince Harry during a swearing in ceremony at Sandhurst
(Image: Getty Images)

The proud grandmother couldn’t help but grin as she inspected the passing-out Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst.

Among the ranks was a rather red-faced Prince Harry, struggling to keep his composure alongside his Army pals.

…and giggling at Philip's uniform

Her Majesty was caught off-guard again by another family member – famously chuckling as she walked past Prince Philip dressed in full military regalia.

While it looked as though the sight of her husband in a bearskin hat had tipped the Queen over the edge in 2003, photographer Chris Young later told the BBC they were also distracted by a swarm of bees.

The Queen breaks into a fit of giggles at the sight of Prince Philip in full uniform
(Image: Getty Images)

"I got lucky," says Young, recalling the event earlier this year. "I recognised that it was a human moment. She was giggling like a little girl and he was laughing too."

"I thought the reaction from both of them was pretty unique.

"Some of the guests were unsure as to whether they should move, but eventually everyone had to beat a retreat."

'Good evening Mr Bond'

When the Olympics came to London in 2012, the Queen was on hand to ensure the opening ceremony lived long in the memory

One of the highlights from the evening was her surprise appearance in a James Bond spoof, which saw 007 heading to Buckingham Palace to collect her for the celebrations.

The monarch delivered a hilarious turn in a James Bond sketch for the London 2012 Olympics
(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The monarch is sitting at her writing desk and greets him with a simple "Good evening Mr Bond" before she gets up and they walk through the palace's corridors together.

They then take a helicopter ride over to the Olympic Park where 'The Queen' does a parachute jump onto the ground below.

A few moments later she walks out into the stadium to take her seat with Prince Philip, to the huge cheers of the thousands of spectators.

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Click to play
Tap to play

The video will auto-play soon8Cancel

Play now

The hilarious clip, which has been viewed more than 45 million times, proves she could always have a career in acting if the royal stuff doesn't work out.

'The Queen? I've never met her'

She's one of the most famous faces in the world, but occasionally the Queen is able to enjoy a rare moment of anonymity.

According to her former protection officer, the monarch was approached by American tourists during a walk near the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire.

Read More
Related Articles

  • Royals' favourite takeaways – Queen's peculiar request, Kate's spice and Meghan's binge

Read More
Related Articles

  • Picture predicts how Prince Harry will look at 50 as hair loss "accelerates"

The oblivious group asked the Queen, dressed in a headscarf and tweed coat, if she lived in the area.

Showing her deadpan humour, she simply replied that she had a house close-by, Richard Griffin told The Times.

“Have you ever met the Queen?” they then asked.

“No,” she replied, before pointing at the policeman and adding: “But he has.”

Puts dopey security guard in his place

Sometimes, of course, it pays to be the Queen.

In 1991, she was nearly refused entry to the Windsor Horse show by a dopey guard who mistook her for "some old dear".

Read More
Related Articles

  • Meghan Markle 'shares first photo of baby Lilibet with royals over WhatsApp'

According to Hello!, upon arriving at the event, she was told by the security man: “Sorry love, you can't come in without a sticker.”

Distinctly unamused, she retorted: “I think if you check, I will be allowed to come in!"

Speaking later about his embarrassing blunder, the guard later admitted he thought that she was “some old dear” who had got lost.

'You've made me feel very old'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau coaxed a cheeky response from the Queen after a banquet in 2015.

The Queen meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
(Image: Getty Images)

During the fancy dinner, he spoke of her many visits to the country over her long reign, joking she had "seen more of Canada than most Canadians".

To the delight of royal fans, Her Majesty's official Twitter account picked up on the remark, posting: "Thank you @JustinTrudeau for making me feel so old!"

Playing it safe, the world leader hastily responded: "On the contrary, you are forever young."

Jokes 'they want me dead' after 'poisonous' flower gift

Touring the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2016, the Queen was handed two bunches of plants by well-wishers – although they turned out to be potentially poisonous.

Herb gardener Jekka McVicar explained to the royal that the lily of the valley plant had the same properties as the toxic digitalis – also known as the common foxglove.

Read More
Related Articles

  • Meghan Markle 'to be secret guest' as Princess Diana statue is unveiled in London

Despite the apparent threat to her health, the Queen appeared to see the funny side.

Recalling their conversation, Ms McVicar revealed: "She (the Queen) said, 'I've been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead'."

'I'm the Queen, mummy'

Her Majesty famously adored her mother, who passed away aged 101 in 2002 – but the pair reportedly clashed a few times over the Queen Mother's rather extravagant spending habits.

Lord ‘Porchy’ Carnarvon, the Queen’s racing manager, once said: “If there had been two of them who spent money as she [the Queen Mother] does, there’d be nothing left in the coffers now.

“She buys new outfits like you buy brown eggs.”

After the Queen Mother splashed out on new race horses, her daughter reportedly sent a note that simply read: “Oh dear, Mummy!”

And according to the Guardian, the Queen also delivered an unanswerable putdown when the pair argued during a West End opening.

The report reads: "The elder was heard to demand, sotto voce, 'Who do you think you are?'

"The daughter whispered back: 'The Queen, mummy, the Queen.'"