Eight times Queen showed her brutal sense of humour including to a US president

She has reigned for 70 years with an often straight-faced stoic commitment to royal duty.

But don't let the Queen's formal public appearance fool you – in private our Monarch has got a cheeky side and a cracking sense of humour.

Instead of Christmas presents, the Queen is said to encourage joke gifts and was once rumoured to have loved the present of a singing hamster from the Duchess of Sussex.

She is even known to like a good prank even when she is on the receiving end of the joke.

She has also become well known for her witty one-liners.

As the nation comes together to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we look at eight of the Monarch's funny one liners, from a witty dig directed at President George W Bush to a particularly scathing comeback to a cousin-in-law.

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Bumping into tourists

The Queen was walking around the grounds of Balmoral with her protection officer when she bumped into some American tourists who clearly didn't recognise her.

One asked her “Have you ever met the Queen?” “No,” she replied and then pointed at her protection officer. “But he has.”

Chelsea Flower Show joke

At the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, a gardener told Her Majesty how lilies of the valley have poisonous traits.

The Queen is said to have replied: “I’ve been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead.”

Snapping at relative

After the Queen’s cousin-in-law Princess Michael of Kent made a comment on television about how she’d like to shoot the Queen’s Corgis, the monarch was less than happy.

She apparently snapped: “They’re better behaved than she is.”

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Witty comeback

Once, while driving up to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, a guard failed to recognise her saying: “Sorry, love, you can’t come in without a sticker.”

The queen, unfazed, replied: “I think if you check, I will be allowed to come in.”

Never fazed

When she visited New Zealand in 1986, the Queen and her late husband, Prince Phillip, were pelted with eggs thrown by protesters.

Later, at a state banquet, she said: “New Zealand has long been renowned for its dairy produce, though I should say that I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.”

Arguing with mum

The Queen supposedly had an argument with the Queen Mother, where the elder royal said to her daughter: “Who do you think you are?” The Queen is said to have replied: “The Queen, mummy, the Queen.”

Bantering the US President

In 2007, the Queen made an official visit to the White House. During the welcome ceremony, President George W Bush mistakenly said the Queen helped Americans celebrate their bicentennial in 1776, not 1996. "He quickly corrected the error, but the Queen didn’t let him off the hook.

"At a formal dinner two days later, she began her speech by saying: “I wondered whether I should start this toast by saying, ‘When I was here in 1776…’”

Not on the baby hype

In the summer of 2013, royal baby watch reached a peak as the world waited for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child. When pressed for clues at an engagement, the Queen simply replied: “I hope it arrives soon because I’m going on holiday.”

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