THE QUEEN was once given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by one of her protection officers after he mistakenly thought she had been shot.
The monarch spoke of the incident while sitting for a painting with artist Lucian Freud in 2001, where she recalled the misunderstanding at a recent pheasant shoot.
Writing in her book The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II, royal biographer Karen Dolby shares the story, which she was told by a friend of Freud’s Clarissa Eden.
According to Dolby, the monarch said: “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.”
The 93-year-old royal is well known for her sharp sense of humour with royal expert Ingrid Seward referring to her as a “comedian.”
On the Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary Ingrid explained to Loose Women: "I think the secret is they laugh together. I think the Queen is the [comedian].
"She's a wonderful mimic. She can do the Liverpool accent, she does Irish – she's very good at American as well."
Yesterday we told you how the monarch once joked that people "wanted her dead" when she was given the same poisonous flower twice in one week.
It also previously emerged that Her Majesty once made a very cheeky joke while entertaining General de Gaulle – the former French president – and his wife.
According to Adam Helliker, author of the Royal Family, there was a spot of awkward conversation had between the monarch and her guests at Buckingham Palace.
He told Fabulous Digital: “A guest asked Madame de Gaulle what she was most looking forward to in her retirement, which was imminent.
“With great elaboration (as she didn't speak much English) she replied: ‘A penis.’
“An awkward silence ensued for some time, until the Queen herself came to the rescue, and she said with a broad grin: ‘Ah, happiness.’”
In other royal news, we told you how Mike Tindall accidentally revealed an intimate family photo of Zara and daughter Mia.
Plus we told you how Charlotte Church has admitted the Queen had no idea who she was despite them meeting seven times.
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