The Queen’s Santa Clause story was a “breathtaking act of diplomacy,” says the author

The Queen chatted to children from across the Commonwealth at a reception in 1989 about what she got Prince William for Christmas and whether she believes in Santa Claus

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There are thousands of videos of The Queen providing an incredible glimpse into the true nature of the monarch – no wonder considering she has been on the throne for a monumental 70 years.

Of the many hilarious videos, a clip from a 1989 reception for The Commonwealth at the Royal Albert Hall delighted royal fans.

In the video, the Queen can be seen speaking to children from across the Commonwealth about everything from what she got Prince William for Christmas to whether she believes in Santa Claus.

During the reception, the Queen met several children from the different countries – many of them wearing their national costumes.

Famed royal biographer Andrew Morton cited the moment as one of his favorites during his appearance on The Mirror podcast. Pod save the queen.

The Queen spoke to Commonwealth children in the clip



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Morton, who has just published his 25th book The Queen, appeared on the podcast and revealed his favorite moment from Her Majesty’s reign. He said: “I just love her dry sense of humor and she was once asked by a little boy, ‘Do you believe in Santa Claus?’

“The Queen, always the consummate diplomat, said, ‘I’d like to think I believe in Santa,’ and to me that’s a clever response from someone who does crossword puzzles!”

Andrew Morton said the moment was one of his favorites



Later in the 1989 video, the monarch was asked a handful of other brilliant questions, such as, “Do you like being the queen?” Her Majesty can be seen contemplating her response, saying, “It’s a very busy life,” before being interrupted by another small child who asks, “How big is your palace?”

She says with a big grin: “My palace is quite big, there are very long corridors to walk through, especially if you’re late!”

Another child asked, “Is the crown very heavy?” To which the Queen replied: “It’s quite heavy, yeah, you don’t really want to walk around in it!”

Andrew Morton has written his 25th book about the Queen


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He spoke about how the Queen is “cleaning up” towards the end of her reign.


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Earlier in the interview, Morton spoke at length about the Queen and how she is securing the future of the royal family in her final years.

He said: “The Queen is a very tidy person and even as a little girl she would line her shoes up neatly and wake up at night and make sure everything was tidy, so there’s a certain order to her character.

“And you can see that towards the end of the reign there is a lot of cleaning up going on at the moment. The biggest issue that needed cleaning up was Camilla and how she will be referred to in the future.

“The Queen bought little by little [Camilla’s] Status higher and higher. A few years ago she put her on the Privy Council so she could be there when the successor was announced.

“Then she became a member of the Order of the Garter and finally she says she wants Camilla to be called the Queen Consort.

“That kind of ended the debate because when Prince Charles first married Camilla the mood music was that she would never be called Queen and within a few years they very quickly backed off.”

The Queen expressed her personal desire for Camilla to have the title of Queen Consort when Prince Charles is king



Earlier this year, to mark the Queen’s accession day on February 6, an unprecedented statement was released, which read: “I would like to express my gratitude to you all for the support and affection you continue to give me.

“And when, in due course, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me and it is my sincere wish that Camilla will do so when that time comes.” has come to be known as the Queen Consort as she continues her own faithful ministry.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mr Morton explained how the transition between the Queen and Prince Charles will be one of the easiest in history.

The author said: “This will be the smoothest transition in history, certainly at least since Queen Victoria and Edward VII.

“The Queen has asked for Prince Charles to become Head of the Commonwealth, there have been knighthoods for those involved in the transition, there is a book on what to do if she dies and it’s going on.”

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