The unexpected Olympic moment the Queen had to keep secret

As the UK mourns the tragic death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, many have paused to reflect on some of Her Majesty’s most iconic expressions of exuberance. The Queen never shied away from an opportunity to celebrate the country she served so faithfully during her seven-decade reign. As she became the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, the Queen appeared in a sketch alongside one of the nation’s most beloved characters, Paddington Bear. Not only did the moment melt our hearts, but the rest of the royal family seemed to enjoy the clip as well.

The Queen managed to keep the special moment a secret, even from her loved ones, but it wasn’t the only time the reserved King kept his lips locked to avoid ruining a surprise. When the Olympics returned to London after 64 years, the Queen made an unexpected appearance that even her family didn’t know about.

The Queen put on a stunning performance at the Olympics

Ten years ago, Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig shocked the nation with one of the most memorable Olympic moments in Games history. As the world watched the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London, viewers were in for quite a surprise. Per Metro, the monarch had secretly filmed a special scene alongside Craig, who was then portraying famed British MI6 agent James Bond. The moment was nothing short of iconic and, as it turns out, an absolute secret.

“The Queen never told her family she was doing it… That was one of the conditions that she agreed to be a part of it,” Sam Hunter, head of production, told the BBC (via Metro). “So if you actually see when she comes and takes her place, you can see her family say, ‘Ah, nice,'” he added.

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“The difficult thing was you didn’t really want to say much to the cabinet because you didn’t know how safe it was,” recalled Stephen Daldry, executive producer of the Olympics opening ceremony, noting that the skit included a scene in the Queen jumps out of a helicopter – something he feared they wouldn’t be able to keep secret. At the end of the day, the moment went smoothly. According to the BBC, Prince Harry called his grandmother an “incredibly good sport” and Prince William praised the Queen for having “a real wow factor”.