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Helen Mirren Reveals the 'Lesson in Embarrassment' She Was Taught Throughout Tea with Queen Elizabeth

Helen Mirren Reveals the 'Lesson in Embarrassment' She Was Taught During Tea with Queen Elizabeth


Helen Mirren is opening up a few “lesson in embarrassment” she was taught throughout tea with Queen Elizabeth.

On Friday, the actress defined throughout her “Helen Mirren and Hawk Koch Focus on The Magic of Motion pictures” occasion that the Queen had invited her over for tea when The Good Liar star discovered herself utterly stumped on royal protocol.

“She invited me for tea,” Mirren, 74, started, including that she was below the impression it will be a big gathering, however as an alternative it was an intimate affair.

“I believed it was going to be in a room with 200 different individuals, which it usually is. I’ve met her as soon as earlier than and it was in a room with 200 different individuals,” Mirren defined. “So I mentioned, ‘Oh nicely I can handle that.’ So it was on the horsey place and the message got here to me that the Queen wish to invite you to tea, she is aware of you’re right here.”

“So I stroll in, and there’s like eight individuals sitting round a desk. Prince Philip, the Queen, a Sheik of someplace or different and a few horsey individuals. I do know completely nothing about horses, in any respect, and the Queen is aware of all the things about horses.”

At this level, Mirren defined she was “desperately attempting to make well mannered dialog and it’s simply popping out like gobbledygook.”

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That’s when issues began to get a bit awkward.

“Then I acquired a cup of tea and the Queen, particularly, was having a really intense dialog about what’s within the sandwiches with Prince Philip, essential. ‘What is that this? What’s in right here?’” Mirren defined.

“The milk is on the opposite facet of Prince Philip and I would like some milk in my tea, however my mind goes utterly useless and I can not keep in mind the way to handle Prince Philip.”

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“I imply, is it sir? Is it your majesty? Is it your highness?” Mirren mentioned. “Is it impolite to ask him to cross the milk? Or ought to I simply ask for a lackey?”

After considering the scenario in her head, Mirren opted to go with out having any milk in any respect. “I completed up not having any milk. I simply couldn’t kind it out.”

Regardless of the awkwardness, Mirren shared she had a good time.

“It’s a lesson in embarrassment, however they have been beautiful, they have been totally gracious.”

Mirren famously took on the function of Queen Elizabeth within the 2006 movie The Queen, which advised the story of Princess Diana‘s tragic dying and the Queen’s response to it.

Mirren’s newest mission The Good Liar is about to premiere on Nov. 15 and stars Ian McKellen.