17 Feb Ouch, that’s my foot you’re standing on!
Moment the Queen gently ticked off a two-year-old Eugenie for stepping on her toes… just one of the charming vignettes in intimate movie by Notting Hill director to mark the Platinum Jubilee
- The new film features candid behind-the-scenes footage of the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee
- In one scene the Queen is shown receiving cash after winning at the races. ‘What do I get?’ she asks an aide
- Endearing scenes will feature in Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts, when it is released on jubilee weekend in June
From her unvarnished delight at winning money on the horses to affectionately telling off a grandchild who stood on her toes, a new film delivers one of the most intimate portraits of the Queen to date.
Featuring candid behind- the-scenes footage, the movie-length documentary to mark the Platinum Jubilee reveals Her Majesty’s sense of mischief, both as she carries out official duties as well as in more private moments.
In one scene the Queen is shown receiving cash after winning at the races. ‘What do I get?’ she asks an aide. He tells her she has won £16 and duly hands over the crisp notes.
‘£16? Hah!’ she replies with glee before beaming to the camera, clearly thrilled with her winnings – and breaking the often-reported convention that she never carries cash.
The endearing episode is just one of the intimate scenes that will feature in Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts, when it is released on the jubilee weekend in June.
The film charts her 70-year reign with rarely seen clips gathered from the Queen’s private collection plus outtakes recovered from broadcasting archives. The result is a film which truly captures the Queen’s sense of humour in unguarded moments.
The Queen yelps as two-year-old Eugenie steps on her foot as she helps Beatrice, four, on to a pony being led by ten-year-old Prince William
The Monarch gently chastises Princess Eugenie when she gets a little too close. ‘Ouch!’ she yells, ‘that’s my foot you’re standing on!’
In one scene, the Monarch gently chastises a two-year-old Princess Eugenie when she gets a little too close. ‘Ouch!’ she yells, ‘that’s my foot you’re standing on!’
Her yelp comes as Her Majesty tries to help Princess Beatrice, then four, mount a pony being led by ten-year-old Prince William in the grounds of Balmoral.
In the film, the Queen also reveals that she keeps a handwritten diary, before adding: ‘But it’s not really a diary like Queen Victoria’s. It’s quite small.’
Of course, horses feature prominently. Her Majesty is seen engaging in good-humoured banter at the 1991 Epsom Derby, saying to her mother: ‘Do you know that I haven’t watched from a pair of binoculars for ages. Look at [me] – pouring with tears. I always watch on television.’
When the Queen Mother replies ‘It’s the emotion, perhaps’, the Queen comes back with: ‘No, Mummy! It’s if you look into the wind like that.’
At one point the Queen becomes so animated that she appears to be mimicking the tic-tac signs used by bookmakers to signify the odds of certain horses.
When talking about the literal burden that she must endure as Monarch, the Queen lifts her crown with a mischievous chuckle and says: ‘It weighs a ton… and you can’t look down because if you did your neck would break!’