The Queen is an ‘extraordinary’ woman, says Joanna Lumley

Dame Joanna Lumley has spoken of her admiration for the Queen saying ‘she never called for days off’ and ‘never complained’ during her 70-year reign.

Speaking on the Table Manners podcast, Dame Joanna, 75, described the Queen as an ‘extraordinary woman’ and said Britain should keep the monarchy working until the nation becomes a republic .

She said: “I love the Queen. I think this country is a monarchy and as long as it isn’t it is, if you know what I mean.

“So what we have to do is make it work and if that doesn’t work we become a republic but we’re not a republic yet so there’s no point in complaining and complaining, and in the middle it’s about this amazing woman who knew she was going to be queen when she was 10 and it weighed on her and it’s still her duty and her faith and what she believes in, and now she packs the boxes every day. It’s amazing.”

Dame Joanna has previously expressed her support for the royal family and has developed friendly relations with some of its members, including the Prince of Wales.

She recently published a book about the queen, titled A Queen For All Seasons, to celebrate the platinum jubilee.

Dame Joanna told mother and daughter podcast duo Jessie and Lennie Ware: ‘The thing is, she never stopped doing what she had to do. She never called for days off, the very few times she had to back off was when she was really too sick to go out.

“Most of the time she left, she never complained and never talked about it. Even when people wrote bad things about him, couldn’t answer, couldn’t answer anything.

The Absolutely Fabulous actress received an OBE in 1995 and was recently awarded a DBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honors for her services to theatre, entertainment and charitable causes.

Speaking about her femininity, she said: “Honestly, I’m so excited, I can’t tell you. It was the most unexpected thing in the world.

“I was the proud owner of an OBE, which we call an Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I had an OBE and I thought ‘it’s just magic, nothing can be more beautiful than that’ and OBE doesn’t usually leads not, a CBE, which is a step up from that, usually leads to being a lady.

Dame Joanna has known members of the royal family well during her career (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

She added: “So when this letter arrived on 4th December so it was quite late my husband wasn’t there because he was in Birmingham and I opened this letter which looked a bit formal and I thought ‘oh my god it’s gonna be something else I left out, another ticket or something’ and anyway he said your name came up for a DBE and I burst into tears. Jessie, I burst into tears because it was such a shock.

“You get a letter from the honors committee… they said it was for theatre, entertainment and charity so it was the nicest little trio. I would never have accepted it for charity because I think if you do good things it’s up to you if you want to honor it, you know what I mean? And my OBE was given to me for services in theater or entertainment or whatever.

Dame Joanna has also previously expressed her disapproval of the hit Netflix show The Crown and its fictional stories about the British monarchy.

She said, “I don’t watch it because I know them. I know the royal family. I know them, and it’s awful to see people, with stuff made up like they said it when they really didn’t because it’s made up.

“It’s written by a screenwriter and people are imagining how things happened, which isn’t what happened because we know it’s made up. It just doesn’t feel right.