The late Queen was never short of one-liners, quick responses, and cheeky comments, and her wicked sense of humour allowed her to connect with members of the public throughout her long reign.
But one of her most famous jokes wasn’t very flattering to her eldest son, King Charles, when he welcomed his first son, Prince William, at St Mary’s Hospital in London on June 21, 1982.
While you would imagine that a grandmother would be full of nothing but joy at the new addition to her family, the late monarch couldn’t help but pull a few jokes and poked fun at one family trait the new baby didn’t appear to have inherited.
Following the birth, the new father was clearly besotted with his son and wrote to his cousin, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma. He penned: “The arrival of our small son has been an astonishing experience and one that has meant more to me than I ever could have imagined.
“I am so thankful I was beside Diana’s bedside the whole time because I felt as though I’d shared deeply in the process of birth and as a result was rewarded by seeing a small creature who belonged to us even though he seemed to belong to everyone else as well.”
But it seems not everyone in the family was feeling as sentimental as the new father. When the Queen finally got to meet her new heir, she said: “Thank heavens he hasn’t ears like his father,” reports Marie Claire .
The King has become well-renowned for his ears and has been cruelly taunted for many years. While the commentary could be seen as unfair, his famous ears have become part of his iconic image.
Josh O’Connor, the actor who played Charles in seasons three and four of Netflix’s The Crown, has even expressed his thoughts on the prince’s notable characteristic.
He said: “When I was at school, I was embarrassed by them and I wanted to pin them back. Now it’s like, ‘Thank God I didn’t’. Hopefully I would have been considered regardless but it helped and, the way I see it, it saved The Crown production on some prosthetics!”
The late Queen’s wise cracks after a new baby has been born are nothing new as the monarch also had quite the reaction when she was asked about Prince George’s impending arrival back in 2013.
While visiting the Lake District days before her great-grandson arrived, the monarch met a group of students who eagerly asked her what gender she hoped the new baby would be.
True to form, the Queen had the best answer. She was heard to say: “I don’t think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday.”
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