Queen Elizabeth may have had staff to take care of her every need, however, there was one particular thing that she always liked to do for herself. Author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth has revealed that Her Majesty insisted on carrying her own umbrella, despite many gentlemen offering to do it for her.
Writing in The Oldie magazine, the former Tory MP spoke about meeting the Queen as a 20-year-old student at Oxford University in 1968.
She was there visiting the prestigious debating society at the institution.
He wrote: “When she had gone I reprimanded William Waldegrave (the Oxford Union President, now Baron Waldegrave) for not carrying the monarch’s umbrella for her as he escorted her across the courtyard in the rain.
“He told me ‘The Queen insists on holding her own umbrella – always. If someone else holds it, the rain trickles down her neck’.”
The photographer Rankin, who has taken pictures of some of the most famous people in the world, also admitted recently that the late monarch disliked having her hands photographed.
She reportedly refused his request to pose with a sword for a portrait, telling him: “I don’t like my hands.”
Rankin was one of 10 photographers commissioned to take a picture of the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
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However, in spite of this concern the resulting picture turned out to be one of the Palace’s favourites as the Queen looked so happy.
Rankin added: “The curator said that my photograph of her is one of their favourites, which I think means the palace’s favourites, because she’s really laughing in my picture.
“She had a really great sort of sense of humour, so that is what I was really looking for when I went to take the photograph.”