The ‘cheeky’ queen giggles as she jokes during a Zoom video call

The Queen giggles while joking during a Zoom video call as she celebrates her platinum anniversary.

Her Majesty held a virtual chat with the Australians of the Year and the country’s Governor-General to praise them for their “wonderful work”.

She was in good spirits throughout the meeting, and the awardees noted with some surprise her “cheeky” sense of humor.

During the Zoom conversation with the six Australians, including recently retired professional wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott, the 96-year-old monarch remarked on the “amazing” technology that allowed the virtual meeting to take place despite its participants being on opposite sides of the world .

The call, which took place on May 9 but was not made public until Saturday, began with Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley telling the Queen that it had been exactly 34 years to the day since she left Parliament House in Canberra have opened.

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The Queen took part in a Zoom call to Australia

“Oh!” the 96-year-old remarked in surprise, before remembering “that bit of water” that is the lobby’s water feature.

“I was really fascinated by this little pond inside. I was wondering how many people fell in,” she joked, smiling broadly. It wasn’t clear if she knew that the feature — known as the Pool of Reflection — has become notorious for causing such incidents in the three decades since it was created in Canberra.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Color on June 02, 2022 in London, England

Mr Alcott – a four-time gold medalist at the Paralympics – was the first to introduce himself to the Queen and told her she burst into tears as he announced to his mother he was meeting the monarch.

“It’s great,” said the 31-year-old, before going on to joke that he’s “unfortunately won a couple of Wimbledon titles” by beating Britain’s players, which she may not have been “as happy” about as she is made the queen laugh.

“The reason I get up every day is to change perceptions so people with disabilities, people like me, can get out there and live the life they deserve,” Alcott added.

The tennis star got mildly emotional as he told the Queen about “the honor” of being a Disability Advocate as Australian of the Year.

“I hated myself when I was a little boy, Your Majesty, and … if I had thought that someone in a wheelchair, let alone myself, could become Australian of the Year, I would not have believed you,” said Mr .Alcott said. “When I told my mum last night that I was going to meet you, she cried … so I think I made her very proud as well.”

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a flyby from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color on June 2, 2022 in London, England

Also meeting the Queen was Young Australian of the Year, Dr. Daniel Nour, 25, who founded a mobile medical service providing GP-led medical access for people affected and at risk of homelessness.

dr Nour told the Queen the idea for the service came to him while he was studying at Imperial College London.

“I came across a man in Waterloo just outside the train station who was having a fit,” he explained.

After the call, the Australians of the Year 2022 marveled at the Queen’s “cheeky” humor and how “down to earth” they found her to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), which broadcast parts of the video call on Saturday.

“She’s pretty cool. I won’t lie,” said Mr. Alcott. “She was lovely. She was so lovely and what a great honor to represent all of Australia. The six of us are pretty lucky and that’s something I’ll remember forever.”

“She’s cheeky. I love that she’s cheeky,” added Dr. Nour added. “She had a cheeky smile … and was so down to earth and so adorable.”

The ABC broadcast of the Queen’s Jubilee call came on the same day as Australia’s recently elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese renamed Aspen Island on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin Queen Elizabeth II Island.

The Queen smiles on the balcony during Trooping The Color

On Saturday, in a ceremony that included the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth Water Gardens, Mr Albanese said the monarch had made 14 trips to the nation’s capital during her reign – more than any other queen.

He added that the lake was empty because of a drought when the Queen visited Canberra for her 50th birthday in 1963. Seven years later, on a cold April day, she had returned to open the National Carillon, a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia.

“Her Majesty said at the time the harmony of the ‘bells’ will be a reminder of the enduring bonds of kinship between Britain and Australia,” Mr Albanese said.

Earlier this week, the Sydney Harbor Bridge was lit up purple to mark the platinum anniversary, just days after the country’s first minister was appointed to oversee the transition to a republic.

Matt Thistlethwaite was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of State for the Republic by the newly elected Labor government on the eve of the anniversary and said the occasion gave Australians food for thought about the future of the country.

“As the Queen enters the twilight of her reign we can – and should – pay her due respect for the wonderful job she has done,” Mr Thistlethwaite told the PA news agency.

“But Australians are now starting to think about what’s next for our country. And I think it’s time we got back to serious talks about what’s next for Australia after the end of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

“Australia is an independent nation. We have our own unique identity and culture. Every single Australian, regardless of background, place of birth, gender or religion, should be able to become our nation’s head of state.

“My role in the early stages is very much one of education: to explain to people that we have a foreign monarch as head of state, that we have a deputy governor-general, but that we can have an Australian as our head of state.”

The new government has informally pledged a referendum on a republic in its next term if it wins a second election, with Mr Albanese giving priority to a referendum on constitutional recognition of the country’s indigenous peoples.

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