Elton John recounts a few of his favourite royal times in his new autobiography Me. According to the UK’s Metro, John speaks about one particular event, that saw him in the company of that other qween: “I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but… in private, she could be hilarious.”

At the event, the Queen’s sister fell ill and so left the crowd. The Queen asked her adult nephew, Viscount Linley, to check on her sister. Linley wasn’t feeling it.

Her Royal Majesty didn’t care for his reply, so she continuously, and playfully, slapped him across the face proclaiming “Don’t” – SLAP – “argue” – SLAP – “with” – SLAP – “me” – SLAP – “I” – SLAP – “am” – SLAP – “THE QUEEN!”’ #YasQueen

“As he left, she saw me staring at her, gave me a wink and walked off,” the singer observed.

Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Shutterstock
Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Shutterstock

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Sir John’s autobiography also touches on the time that Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone almost physically fought over divorced Princess Diana. According to the book, it was a dinner party, sometime after the princess’s divorce, and Gere and Stallone both wanted to woo Diana. For all the muscle that Stallone has, Gere is packed with equal amounts of charm. Princess Diana was seeming to exchange pleasantries with Gere, and so the two men retreated to a hallway to settle their differences.

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Elton John’s autobiography is available October 15.