Sir Michael Parker is known for having produced a number of such high-profile royal events in a career which saw him eventually awarded the KCVO – a personal gift of the Queen for services to the royals.
But things didn’t always go smoothly. Luckily for him, the Queen seemed to take the view that one must see the funny side.
And she made some sassy remarks along the way, as documented in Sir Michael’s 2012 book ‘It’s All Going Terribly Wrong”.
One such instance that Sir Michael documents in the book is the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, according to the Telegraph which reported this particular example.
The celebrations were intended to mark 25 years since Her Majesty ascended to the throne.
Sir Michal organised the event, which was meant to see the Queen light the first of a chain of beacons that went across the length of Britain.
The Queen is reported to have a good sense of humour.
Her Majesty was supposed to initiate the “Queen’s Bonfire” using the 1948 London Olympic torch and lighting the first beacon at Windsor Great Park.
However, things didn’t get off to a great start when the Royal party arrived late to the proceedings.
Apparently, Sir Michael suggested to the Queen that “it might be a good idea of we got a bit of a move on”.
However, not long after the torch that the Queen was carrying went out as the party walked towards the beacon.
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As officials tried to relight the dead torch, Sir Michael pointed out that “it might be a good idea if we were to slow down a bit”.
At which point, the Queen replied: “Do make up your mind!”
To make things worse, the torch eventually ended up lighting itself, Sir Michael said, due to an electronic failsafe.
Things hardly improved from there. The event was to be broadcast live across the UK and the world, with a television screens displaying it to a crowd at Windsor Great Park.
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The Queen made jokes about a royal jubilee event that went wrong.
However, Sir Michael said that the sound from the screens failed to work properly.
At this point, Sir Michael said: “Your Majesty, I’m afraid it’s all going terribly wrong.”
The Queen then joked: “Oh good. What fun!”
Before his career with the royals, Sir Michael Parker was a young army officer.
The Queen, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99, are understood to be residing in Windsor Castle at the moment.
The Queen and Prince Philip are understood to be spending lockdown in Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip celebrated his 99th birthday on Wednesday June 10 this year, though the event was a low-key one.
Given that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect social gatherings, Prince Charles has said that the royal family had been making do with video calls, the Guardian reports.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen have been married for 72 years.
The Queen herself celebrated her 94th birthday back in April with similarly low-key proceedings.
While the occasion is usually marked with a gun salute, palace sources said this year that due to the pandemic this would not be the case.