The Queen giggled during a Zoom call with famous Australians that took place as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The 96-year-old monarch cracked up as retired professional wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott joked about beating Brits to the Wimbledon title.
Alcott is the only man to achieve a calendar-year Golden Slam after he won the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, the US Open, and a singles gold medal at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in 2021. He also won Wimbledon in 2019 after beating Britain’s Andy Lapthorne.
Alcott said: ‘I fortunately won a couple Wimbledon titles and beat some Great Britain players, which I was happy about but maybe you weren’t so happy about.’
The cheeky quip was enough to draw a laugh out of the Queen.
The Queen giggled during a Zoom call with famous Australians that took place as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations
During their meeting 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott (pictured with his partner Chantell Otten) made the Queen giggle after joking that she ‘wouldn’t be happy’ at his victories over British tennis players
Mr Alcott explained the reason he ‘gets up in the morning’ is to change people’s perceptions of disability and what the Australian of the Year award has meant to him.
‘I get emotional talking about it to be honest,’ he said.
‘When I was a young kid I used to hate myself, your Majesty.
‘If I thought anybody in a wheelchair – let alone myself – would be Australian of the Year, I wouldn’t have believed you.
‘When I told my mum that I was getting to meet you, she cried.’
The call, which took place on May 9 but was only made public on Saturday, began with Governor-General of Australia David Hurley noting to the Queen that it was 34 years to the day since she had opened Parliament House in Canberra.
Queen Elizabeth appears during the video-chat meeting with the 2022 Australians of the Year, as Dylan Alcott (second from right), Valmai Dempsey (second from left), Dr Daniel Nour (far left) and Shanna Whan (far right) told the Queen of their achievements
Governor-General of Australia David Hurley (pictured) also earnedt a laugh from the Queen as she recalled visiting Canberra Parliament House 34 years ago and wondering ‘how many people had fallen in’ to an indoor pond
In the three decades since its creation, the water feature – known as the Pool of Reflection (pictured) – in Parliament House, Canberra, has become notorious for people falling into it
‘Oh!’ the 96-year-old remarked in surprise before recalling ‘that bit of water’ that is the lobby’s water feature.
‘That little pond inside intrigued me very much indeed. I wondered how many people had fallen in it,’ she joked, smiling broadly.
In the three decades since its creation, the feature – known as the Pool of Reflection – has become notorious in Canberra for causing such incidents.
The Queen recalled her time opening the building and added: ‘Indeed, trying to avoid that bit of water.’
Also meeting the Queen was Young Australian of the Year, Dr Daniel Nour, 25, who founded a mobile medical service that provides GP-led, medical access to those who are experiencing homelessness and are vulnerable.
Dr Nour told the Queen he first had the idea for the service while studying at Imperial College London.
‘I came across a man who was having a seizure at Waterloo, just outside of the train station,’ he explained.
Following the call, the 2022 Australians of the Year marveled at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), which broadcast parts of the video call on Saturday, over the Queen’s ‘cheeky’ sense of humor and how ‘down to earth’ they found her.
Queen Elizabeth II watches a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color on June 2
It is thought royal aides may be trying to help the Queen rest to ensure she will be able to make an appearance at Sunday’s closing Platinum Jubilee Pageant. (Pictured: Queen on balcony on June 2)
‘She’s pretty cool. I’m not going lie,’ Mr Alcott said. ‘She was lovely. Ella she was so lovely and what a huge honor to be able to represent the whole of Australia. The six of us, we’re pretty lucky and it’s something I’ll remember forever.’
‘She’s cheeky. I love that she’s cheeky,’ Dr Nour added. ‘She had a cheeky smile… and she was so down to earth and so lovely.’
The ABC’s broadcast of the call to mark the Queen’s Jubilee came the same day as Australia’s recently elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese renamed Aspen Island on Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as Queen Elizabeth II Island.
On Saturday, in a ceremony which included the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth Water Gardens, Mr Albanese said the monarch had made 14 trips to the nation’s capital during her reign – more than other royal.
He added that when the Queen visited in 1963 for Canberra’s 50th anniversary, the lake was empty because of a drought. Seven years later, on a cold day in April she had returned to open the National Carillon, which was a gift from the UK Government to the people of Australia.
‘Her Majesty said at the time, ‘the bells’ harmony will be a reminder of the enduring ties of kinship between Britain and Australia,’ Mr Albanese said.
Earlier this week, the Sydney Harbor Bridge was illuminated in purple to mark the Platinum Jubilee, just days after the appointment of the country’s first minister tasked with overseeing a transition to a republic.
Matt Thistlethwaite was sworn in by the newly elected Labor government as assistant minister for the republic on the eve of the Jubilee and said the occasion gave Australians food for thought about the country’s future.
‘As the Queen comes to the twilight of her reign, we can appropriately – and we should – pay respect to her for the wonderful job that she’s done,’ Mr Thistlethwaite said.
Pictured on June 2 at Buckingham Palace, from left: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
‘But Australians are now beginning to start to think about what comes next for our country. And I think it’s time that we start the serious conversation once again about what comes next for Australia after Queen Elizabeth’s reign ends.
Australia is an independent nation. We have our own unique identity and culture. Each and every Australian, no matter their background, birthplace, gender or religion should be able to aspire to be our nation’s head of state.
‘My role is very much one of education in the initial stages: explaining to people that we do have a foreign monarch as our head of state, we have a proxy representative in the governor-general, but that we can have an Australian as our head of state.’
The new government has informally pledged for a referendum on a republic in its next term if it wins a second election, with Mr Albanese prioritizing a referendum for constitutional recognition of the country’s Indigenous peoples.