Chances are you’ve never seen Queen Elizabeth laugh in public, as the longest-reigning monarch is notoriously reserved. However, her image is softening of late, and recently she shared a rare giggle during a video conference call with Jamaican bobsledder and Royal Air Force (RAF) member, Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens.
Lance Corporal Stephens told the Queen that when he’s not working as an RAF gunner, he is often found to be the pilot of the Jamaican bobsled team.
“Gosh!” she gasped, before giggling. “Sounds a very dangerous job.”
Stephens is hoping to compete in the next winter Olympics in 2022 and told the Queen that he had resorted to “unorthodox” training methods when gyms closed down in his town of Peterborough.
“I’ve been pushing a car up and down the street,” he said.
“Oh!” exclaimed the Queen as she began to chuckle again. “Well, I suppose that’s one way to train.”
The endearing moment happened when the Queen took part in a video call with members of the Armed Forces to hear about the vital work they continue to do for the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force at home and overseas.