She may be a fierce monarch, but regardless of the formalily of royal events and duties, Queen Elizabeth loves a good laugh. She was as a naughty and mischievous child while growing up, and these qualities have remained with her up to these days.
Actually, a good sense of humor has a therapeutic effect, and there is true wisdom in the saying: “A good laughter prolongs life.”
According to DailyMail, one former Ambassador of the US revealed that she had “the most girlish giggle you can think of” in a private setting.
Once in an art gallery, the curator asked the Queen a question. The monarch was admiring paintings by Lucian Freud, which had nude females on them.
“Haven’t you been painted by Lucian Freud, Ma’am?”
“Yes, but not like that,” the Queen answered in a shy manner, lowering her voice.
Lucian Freud, the painter who gained huge popularity for paiting psychological portraits of famous people, depicted Queen Elizabeth on his canvas, too.
He was recognized as one of the foremost portraitists of the 20th-century.
He was Sigmund Freud's grandson, and maybe that’s why he had the talent to see through people and portray them as no one else.
He had to write to the Buckingham Palace and ask permission to paint the Queen. She agreed to pose for Freud, and they had several posing sessions over a period of 19 months.
The crown she was wearing for the picture was guarded by one of her officers after an accident at a pheasant shoot.
I was picking up after the guns as I always do when a wounded cock pheasant scratched me and drew blood. The detective assumed I’d been shot, threw himself on top of me and began giving me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. I consider we got to know each other rather well.
However, she didn't seem to be happy with the results of Freud’s work. The British press gave the portrait severe critics, and everyone claimed the woman on the picture looked very little like the Queen. Freud was blamed for picturing the Queen in a harsh and unflattering manner, underlining her aging signs and giving her face a grumpy and tired look.
They say every painter always paints himself! Some critics suggested that Lucien Freud depicted his own face features on the Queen’s portrait.
Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth recognizes the talent of the late artist and his major impact on the modern art and keeps the A4 painting in her Windsor royal collection.