Writer Recalls Queen Elizabeth II Sweetly Getting Involved In James Bond Sketch With Daniel Craig

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 this week. Many may be remembering the Queen for being a formal head of state, others are remembering a quite less formal side of the monarch. The general public may remember her better for some of her recent forays into pop culture, such as her appearance with Daniel Craig at the 2012 Olympic Games, and it turns out she herself muscled her way into that appearance.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce wrote the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games, which included an appearance by the Queen herself alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond. He told BBC Breakfast (via THR) that originally the plan was going to be to use a stand-in to play the queen, so they sent somebody to get pictures of the clothes she would be wearing to the ceremony. At this point the Queen’s Dresser stepped in, likely under instruction, to get the Queen in the show herself. Cottrell-Boyce explained…

The Queen’s Dresser said, ‘Why are you doing all this?’ And we told her, ‘So we can make it look like the Queen.’ So she said: ‘Oh, the Queen wants to do it,’ She put herself up for that, she wanted to be in the sketch.

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