‘Totally lovely’ Alexander Armstrong speaks on surprise encounter with Queen Elizabeth

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Alexander Armstrong, 51, has spoken of his shock at meeting Queen Elizabeth II when she turned up to play a game of Pointless. The BBC host has been at the helm of the game show alongside Richard Osman since it launched in 2009, and has welcomed a slew of famous faces into the game for Pointless Celebrities, but none quite as well known as Her Majesty.

The TV presenter was giving a talk at the Sandringham branch of the Women’s Institute (WI), where the Queen is a member, and according to the comic, the 95-year-old monarch “got right into it”.

“It was literally me and a room full of 36 ladies of Sandringham, including one, who we would all have recognised,” he told Susanna Reid and her co-host Richard Madeley on last month’s Good Morning Britain.

“It was just the most wonderful thing to be asked to do. Totally surreal as you can imagine.

“We did a higher, lower Pointless. This is our mobile version of Pointless.

“We haven’t got all the kit. You basically say, ‘On Abba’s greatest hits, how many people do you think would have said Dancing Queen?’ And one team says, ‘Oh 14,’ and the others go higher or lower than that.’

“We played it in the village hall,” he continued. 

“She was sitting right in front of me, closer than you are to me. She was brilliant. She was so game, she got right into it. She was totally lovely.

“It was the most enchanting … Can you imagine? It was like one of those dreams where you wake up.”

Despite this being a memorable story, the Pointless presenter previously admitted he found the encounter rather nerve-racking.

In an interview with Express.co.uk, he said: “I was terrified, I didn’t think I was going to be terrified at all and suddenly there she was, and I was absolutely terrified!

“It must be the thing she strives to minimise at all times. The terror of meeting someone as important as the Queen is much scarier than you would ever imagine.”

Alexander is a presenter, actor, and comedian best known for hosting the BBC quiz show Pointless since 2009.

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He is beloved by fans for his sharp sense of humour, mild manner, and friendly conversations with Pointless contestants.

Although Alexander is now widely recognised as a game show host, he rose to fame as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller alongside fellow actor and comedian Ben Miller.

The pair performed in two TV sketch shows together, and due to their success, went on to make many TV appearances.

Before Alexander entered the dizzying heights of showbiz royalty, he already had a great deal of experience rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

Born in Northumberland in 1970, Alexander was the youngest of three children born to physician Henry Armstrong and Emma Peronnet.

In the North East of England, the Armstrongs are a well-known landowning family, distantly related to engineer and industrialist William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong.

On his mother’s side, Alexander’s grandparents were economist Lucius Thompson-McCausland and Helen Laura McCausland, daughter of St Andrew St John, 15th Baron St John of Bletso.

Tonight, the TV personality will be appearing on Channel 5 to host his show Iceland with Alexander Armstrong.

It is Alexander’s first series for the channel, but fans of the multi-talented actor will know that it’s not the first time he’s been to the country. He previously visited Iceland during his ITV series Land of the Midnight Sun.

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