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09th Sep 2022

Daniel Craig reveals ‘very funny’ joke Queen made at actor’s expense

Charlie Herbert

Daniel Craig reveals ‘very funny’ joke Queen made at actor's expense

The pair famously starred in a London 2012 sketch together

Daniel Craig has recalled the time Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II cracked a joke at his expense on an occasion when they were having a photo taken together.

The James Bond actor paid tribute to the royal following the news of her death on Thursday at Balmoral.

He said: “I, like so many, was deeply saddened by the news today and my thoughts are with the royal family, those she loved and all those who loved her.

“She leaves an incomparable legacy and will be profoundly missed.”

Before her death, Craig recalled a joke the Queen made at his expense.

Appearing on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ earlier this year, the James Bond actor described the Queen as “very funny” when the host asked what the royal was like in private.

She famously appeared alongside Craig for a sketch during the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.

Colbert asked: “I understand that you may not be able to answer this question, but I’m gonna ask anyway: What’s she like in private?”

Remembering their time together, Craig replied: “Very funny. Very funny.

“[She] wants to crack a joke, and [she] cracked a joke about me.

“We were having our photographs taken and she just went, ‘Oh no, he’s the one that doesn’t smile. Fair enough!’

The 007 star went on to talk about her beloved corgis, recalling how he enjoyed time playing with the dogs.

He explained: “I was rolling around on the floor with them most of the time.

“I think they have their own footmen, they’re very friendly.”

Britain’s longest-serving monarch died peacefully at Balmoral, with all her children by her side.

A statement sent out at 18.30 read that the King and The Queen Consort will remain in Scotland this evening and will return to London tomorrow.

Announcing Her Majesty’s passing, a post from the Royal Family’s official Twitter account said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

King Charles III sent out his own personal tribute shortly after.

Operation London Bridge is now underway, beginning a 10-day mourning period leading up to the Queen’s funeral and Charles ascension to the throne.

The king has since announced that a “period of Royal Mourning will be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral.”

A date for the funeral has yet to be confirmed.

Flags at Royal Residences will remain at half-mast until 8am on the final day of mourning.

At 1pm on Friday, Royal Salutes were fired in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company. One round was fired for each year of The Queen’s life.

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