Just because she’s royal doesn’t mean Queen Elizabeth is opposed to pranks.
Angela Kelly (the queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser) recently opened up about the time she tricked the monarch on April Fool’s Day in her all-new memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. It all started when Kelly purchased a stuffed kookaburra and pretended it was real.
“Back at the Governor’s House, I went up to her room to find the perfect perch,” she said, according to Hello! magazine. “I placed it on the balcony in a little cage. I waited for her to return and when she came in, I said, ‘Your Majesty, there’s a funny-looking grey bird on your balcony.’”
Kelly went on to describe the queen’s candid reaction, adding, “The queen looked outside and shouted, ‘It’s a kookaburra!’ I went to open the cage doors and she said loudly, ‘No! Don’t do that! It will fly away! And was behind me in a flash. Turning to Her Majesty while trying to keep a straight face, I solemnly told her it was dead. She looked horrified as I walked towards her with outstretched arms and as she took the bird from my hands, she realized I had been winding her up.”
When Kelly admitted that it was an April Fool’s prank, the queen jokingly said, “You’re sacked!”
To this day, Queen Elizabeth still has the stuffed kookaburra at Windsor Castle. “I laugh to myself every time I see it,” Kelly added.
Talk about a story.