Britain`s Queen Elizabeth does her own washing up
The 86-year-old monarch - who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee last the weekend - likes to be quite hands-on when she`s entertaining her guests, as does her husband Prince Philip.
Former BBC royal reporter Jennie Bond said: "We know she likes to have a supper tray while watching television, she likes simple food and she`s probably happier than when she hasn`t got a big dinner to go to in the evening. Probably not at Buckingham Palace but at Windsor Castle, she can relax. Or the long summer, when she`s up at Balmoral, is when she`s really happy. You can imagine her sitting in her tweed skirt, surrounded by dogs.
"And when you have a barbecue or picnic with her in one of the cabins by the river. Prince Philip will do the barbecuing and she`ll always make a point of doing the washing up."
Jenny also revealed how the queen is quite funny, but doesn`t like to show her sense of humour to many people.
She said: "I think she does have quite a dry sense of humour, but it`s not something she readily shares with journalist."