Queen Elizabeth has good sense of humor, Prince Andrew says

Queen Elizabeth may have the weight of the monarchy on her shoulders, but it hasn't crushed her sense of humor, Prince Andrew said.

At a family dinner once, a footman pulled the Queen's chair out from the table as she stood to go, but she tried to sit back down with no chair under her, her son told Time magazine for its issue on American newsstands Monday.

"Everyone, including the Queen, laughed and laughed and of course she reassured the terrified footman he had done nothing wrong," the prince said as his mother's 80th birthday approaches April 21.

There's no question, though, that the monarchy is serious business. In her 54 years on the throne, she has seen changes aplenty and continues to be busy despite her age, the prince said.

"She is incredibly fit," Andrew, 46, told Time. "But we remind staff that she's not just the monarch, but our mother. There's no need to do six engagements in a day."

The prince also said Queen Elizabeth has quite an intelligence network.

"She knows everything. Everything," he said. "I don't know how she does it. And she sees everything", reports AP.

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