The Queen is famous for her wit and one-liners among the people who get to know her in informal situations. But she doesn’t always get to show her humor, because she’s often doing serious things like opening parliament or trying to tame Donald Trump. But on Friday, she saw an opening and chose one young kid to be the recipient of her jokes. On her first official engagement after her two-month vacation at Balmoral, the Queen toured the new Haig Housing developments in South London, and got a warm welcome from the community.
Apparently, she heard some children cheering for her when she arrived, according to an aide in a video obtained by Daily Mail. Later on, she visited the apartment of a veteran named Micheal Bowman and his family, and she was informed that one of the children had been outside cheering earlier. “You were making a lot of noise,” the Queen said with a smile.
The boy uttered a sheepish “yes” as the camera panned away from him, probably keeping it together more than most people would in that same situation. The fact that he didn’t faint or burst into tears—or even worse, laugh too much for far too long—shows that he’s got the stiff upper lip of British lore. He’ll go far in this world.
The trip also had a serious purpose. Haig Housing is the U.K.’s largest charity for providing affordable homes, and this new development is meant specifically for veterans. “We are delighted to welcome our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, to open this inspiring new development of homes for Veterans and their families,” James Richardson, the chief executive of the organization said in a statement to the Mail.
A few seconds after her banter with the young boy, the Queen proved that she’s also adept at politely turning down an offer when she was offered a cup of tea. “I don’t think I have time for that, unfortunately. I’m very busy,” she said with another smile on her face.