Who doesn’t like to have a little fun and games with their grandparent, in an attempt to loosen them up? Britain’s young royals sure do, and they knew the perfect formula to have a good laugh with Her Majesty.
Princes William and Harry played a prank on their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, by recording her voicemail to say “wassup!”
The royal brothers thought it would be funny to record the answering machine joke when the queen asked for help setting up her the voicemail on her cell phone.
The recorded message said, “This is Liz. Sorry I’m away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one. For Charles, press two. And for the corgis, press three.”
A source told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “The queen was mortified at first - she does like to maintain a formal presence at all times. But then she really saw the funny side, and had a little chuckle to herself when she thought about which VIPs might have heard it.
“It was the talk of the Buckingham Palace - and the royal family.”
William, 24, and Harry, 22, also taught their royal grandmother how to send text messages.
The 80-year-old queen often uses her cell phone to communicate with the princes and her other grandchildren.
What languages can William and Harry speak? and How about Catherine?
Obviously all speak English fluently, but William and Harry also know some Welsh, French, and Latin, though I don’t know if they’re really fluent in any of them. I don’t know about Catherine; I would imagine she took French, Spanish, or Latin in school but that doesn’t mean she would know how to speak it now.
Who among the British royal family can play any musical instruments?
From what I’ve seen/heard. If anyone knows of any more let me know…
-Bagpipes are an old royal tradition; Edward VIII in particular loved them and played them frequently. He also played the banjo and the ukulele. Very hipsterish.
-The Queen Mother played piano, which was frequently taught to upper-class girls in her era. I’ve seen pictures of her at the piano both on her own and with her girls. She also taught (or had someone else teach) both of her daughters some piano skills when they were girls, Margaret kept at it more than Elizabeth did and often played in public. Noel Coward witnessed her singing and playing the piano at a party and thought she was quite good. Princess Beatrice currently does; don’t know how good she is. Princess Diana learned to play as a child and was occasionally reported to have picked it up as an adult.
-Prince Charles played the cello when he was younger; I’ve seen pictures of him with it. Don’t know if he still plays; maybe in private for Camilla.
-No idea if they have any talents now, but here’s an adorable video of William and Harry banging around on their mother’s piano. Both played something in school, as is expected in most prep schools but I can’t for the life of me remember what. I don’t think either one of them ever took music that seriously.
-The Duchess of Kent apparently has quite a few talents and has worked as a music teacher.
Would Edward VIII have made a better king than his brother, George VI?
I don’t know. I really can’t answer that. It’s a little iffy. On one side of things George VI was so devoted to the monarchy and willing to do what was expected of him with the government and the family. But Edward VIII had been incredibly popular with the people, and I do believe under different circumstances he could have been a wonderful king. He had all the gifts needed to be a great monarch and he was considered very charming in his day. Neither one of them really wanted to be king, which is an important factor but doesn’t make much of a difference. I do think that Bertie had a better support system given his happy marriage and kids and better relationship with his mother, which slides the scales a bit in his favor.
I don’t think history would have been much different, and on one hand if someone lives a decent life and does what’s expected of them they’ll probably be remembered as a good monarch, so it’s not really an objective situation. Some people seem to think that had David been on the throne instead of Bertie he would have sold out Britain to the Nazis or overthrown the Prime Minister or something but that’s just ridiculous. It might not have made any difference at all.