Queen shows her biting sense of humor in resurfaced soccer clip

Queen Elizabeth II’s sense of humor has been praised after a video of the monarch responding to a question about a soccer match went viral on TikTok.

The video clip, which has resurfaced online from June 1998, shows the queen on a walkabout meeting members of the public. A person in the crowd is recorded asking if the monarch would be watching the World Cup soccer match that evening in which England were set to play against Argentina.

She responds: “Well, I don’t know what time it is?”

The queen on June 30, 2022, and members of the England 1998 World Cup team (inset) on June 22, 1998. In a viral video, when asked if she’d be watching the 1998 World Cup match between England and Argentina, the queen responded: “We’re going to have a very difficult job I think.”
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On being told it would start at eight o’clock she says: “Oh, I’ve got a dinner party!”

In a display of her dry sense of humor, when asked if she’d be “cheering on” England, the queen replied: “Well, I think one should,” before adding: “We’re going to have a very difficult job I think.”

The video, uploaded to TikTok by the account the_blazing_royals, originally posted to YouTube by The Royal Family Channel, has received more than 120,000 views since it was uploaded on Thursday, with over 10,000 likes.

Commenters on the social media platform have praised the video for showing the queen’s “witty” humor.

“Big up to the queen, she has great sense of humour,” posted one user with another adding: “Cute! I think she’s very witty with her comebacks.”

The video recording of the queen’s response to the question, captured by news cameras, is one of the rare occasions the monarch has been shown engaging freely with the public in a break from her usual reserve.

Queen Elizabeth 1998 England Football Team
Queen Elizabeth II met with members of the England football team at a Buckingham Palace reception after their World Cup defeat by Argentina on October 29, 1998. Her sense of humor has been praised after a video of her responses to a question about the match went viral on TikTok.
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It was later revealed that the monarch did in fact watch the football match, having timed her dinner party to end in time for kickoff.

The queen was staying at her official Scottish residence at the time of the game, with husband Prince Philip.

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Eric Milligan, who was with the royals on the night, revealed that the queen, per The Herald of Scotland, was animatedly engaged with the soccer game and said she was “not amused” when an England goal was disallowed by the referee.

”She was excited at the standard of football, but disappointed when the goal was disallowed,” Milligan was reported to have said at the time.

”She said ‘one is not amused,’ in a parody of herself.”

Another guest present, the superintendent of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, David Anderson, also commented on the queen’s reaction to the game, saying:

”It does rather show the Queen in a different light. I’m sure she would have been dismayed at the result, judging from her reaction when the goal was disallowed. We were all frustrated.

”Then she retired to her apartments to watch the shootout.”

England would go on to lose the match with Argentina on penalties.

Queen Elizabeth II World Cup 1966
Queen Elizabeth II was present at the 1996 World Cup final between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London on July 30, 1966. The queen is reported to take an interest in soccer when British teams play in championship matches.
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The queen is reported to take an interest in soccer when British teams play in championship matches. In 1966, she was present at the World Cup final held at London’s Wembley stadium, where she presented the England team with the winning trophy. That was England’s only World Cup win to date.

The queen’s grandson, Prince William, is president of the Football Association and regularly attends matches in that capacity.

Throughout the 2020 UEFA European Football Championships, William was accompanied at matches by wife Kate Middleton, and also his eldest son, Prince George, who is now eight.

On a recent visit to the England women’s soccer team ahead of their playing in the UEFA Women’s Euros tournament, William revealed that his daughter, Princess Charlotte, seven, was showing the potential to be a future star on the field.

“Charlotte wants me to tell you she’s really good in goal. She said ‘please tell them that,'” the prince explained before adding that she was: “A budding star for the future!”

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