Revealed: How Queen Elizabeth II complained about ‘uncomfortable’ royal tradition

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II was caught complaining about an uncomfortable royal tradition in a newly-resurfaced BBC documentary that shockingly exposed the daily the life of the monarch.

The Queen has long remained committed to her duty to serve every Commonwealth nation since she took to the throne in 1952. Today, at the age of 93, she stands as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch, having overtaken Queen Victoria in 2015. Her rule has seen 13 British Prime Ministers, starting with Winston Churchill in 1952, 13 US Presidents and seven Popes come and go through her lifetime.

Despite being 28 years beyond the usual retirement age, Her Majesty does not seem to be slowing down.

According to statistics pulled together from the daily Court Circular, in 2018 the Queen undertook more engagements than her grandsons Princes William and Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan.

In 2018, William managed 225 engagements while Harry notched up 200.

On the other hand, Her Majesty actually increased her workload, besting her 2017 total and edging towards a whopping 300 official events.

The Queen complained about an uncomfortable royal tradition Image GETTY
The Queen complained about an uncomfortable royal tradition Image GETTY

The Queen complained about an “uncomfortable” royal tradition (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen and US President Donald Trump Image GETTY

The Queen and US President Donald Trump (Image: GETTY)

Despite being so committed to her role, there are still some things Her Majesty does not completely enjoy about royal life.

In BBC documentary “Elizabeth R”, aired on February 6,1992, the Queen was caught complaining about an uncomfortable tradition.

Footage shows Her Majesty posing with a grand, velvet Garter robe for a portrait.

She is then heard saying: “Whoever invented these robes… they are not very practical!

The Queen is getting her portrait taken Image BBC
The Queen is getting her portrait taken Image BBC

The Queen is getting her portrait taken (Image: BBC)

The Queen and Prince Charles at Garter Day last June Image GETTY
The Queen and Prince Charles at Garter Day last June Image GETTY

The Queen and Prince Charles at Garter Day last June (Image: GETTY)

“They couldn’t have been practical even in the days somebody walked in these.”

Laughing, the portrait painter notes: “Must be quite warm.”

Referring to Garter day – the ceremony, in which the members of the Order, meeting their habits and later insignia, meet at Windsor Castle – the Queen replies: “It is certainly warm on a June day plodding down.

“It is always very lucky we plod down down hill and not up hill.”

The Queen has reportedly sat for more than 100 portraits since she came to the throne – one in ten in Garter robes.

The last time she wore one of them was last month, when she traditionally processed with glistening insignia and plumed hats of the Order of the Garter through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

She was joined by Prince Charles, the Duke of Cambridge and other senior royals in St George’s Chapel for the service.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK