Queen’s witty ten word response after Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips


A number of fascinating and charming revelations about the late Queen’s life have been published in a new book.

One of her most hilarious quips came after Anne’s wedding, as the keen horse riders met at a party for fans of the sport in 1968.

The Queen is said to have remarked: “I shouldn’t wonder if their children are four-legged.”

While their son Peter Phillips is the managing director of boutique sports management company SEL UK, their daughter Zara Tindall is also an equestrian and an Olympian, having won a silver medal at the 2012 London games as part of the eventing team.

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The Queen made a hilarious comment after Princess Anne’s first wedding (Image: Getty)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s rapport with Queen Elizabeth II has come under closer scrutiny after revelations that the late monarch suffered from cancer at the end of her life.

Gyles Brandreth, a friend of Prince Philip, revealed in his new book entitled “Elizabeth, An Intimate Portrait” Her Majesty was battling a form of bone marrow cancer towards the end of her seven-decade service for the British people.

The Sussexes’ refusal to visit the Queen during their European tour has raised questions about the nature of their relationship.

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Princess Anne is known for her love of horses (Image: Getty)

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Princess Anne married Mark Phillips in 1973 (Image: Getty)

The Princess Royal and Mark Phillips divorced in 1992, with the Queen’s only daughter marrying Royal Navy officer Sir Timothy Laurence later that year.

Mr Brandreth’s book reveals a number of other charming stories, such as her singing George Formby’s songs in his trademark Lancashire accent.

The author told the Daily Mail it was the Queen’s “wry, dry, humorous way of looking at things” that particularly struck him.

He added: “The fun of spending time with the Queen was both finding out how much fun she was and discovering unexpected things about her.

“She really could sing ‘When I’m cleaning winders’ and the other songs George Formby sang to his banjolele when she was growing up during the war – and with Formby’s authentic Lancashire accent, too. (She was the Duke of Lancaster, after all.)”

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Princess Anne has now been married to Sir Timothy Laurence for 30 years (Image: Getty)

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Zara Tindall is a Olympic-medal winning equestrian (Image: Getty)

He became good friends with the Duke of Edinburgh after they met and hit it off at a charity event in the 1970s.

The broadcaster is still working with the royals today, having launched a poetry podcast with the Queen Consort Camilla earlier this year.

His book Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait will be published on December 8 by Michael Joseph.


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