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What Queen Elizabeth Is Like as a Grandmother | Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth Loves to Laugh with Her Grandkids

Originally posted 05/25/2012 07:45AM

To the outside world, Queen Elizabeth sometimes appears as a poker-faced woman who seldom lets down her guard or offers up an opinion.

But when she's around her eight grandchildren (and two great-granddaughters), she "lights up," according to one of them.

Princess Eugenie, 21, says she loves telling the 86-year-old monarch about life at university. "We talk about my Newcastle life and how I've got so many essays and things and she still goes, 'Aha,' [and] laughs at what I say, which is lovely," Eugenie says during an ITV1 special, Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother, airing in Britain on June 1.

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Kate Is Pretty in Pink for the Queen | Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince William

Kate Is Pretty in Pink for the Queen

Originally posted 05/18/2012 10:00AM

The Duchess of Cambridge was looking good for Her Majesty on Friday.

She joined husband William and his brother Prince Harry for a special lunch at Windsor Castle during which Queen Elizabeth entertained monarchs from 26 countries and most members of her immediate family.

Kate, 30, wore a $2,000 coat dress designed by Emilia Wickstead. Described as a pleated dress with a square neck, it is made of double crepe wool and is from the current collection.

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