The Queen’s relatives on how the Royal family have ‘ups and downs’ just like every other ‘normal’ family

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If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at one of the Queen’s Royal residencies to find out what she’s really like, ITV’s brand new documentary will be right up your street.

A one-off ITV special, called The Queen and her Cousins, lets viewers into the hidden side of Her Majesty, as some of her closest relatives lift the lid on what she’s like behind closed doors.

The programme, in honour of the Queen’s 95th birthday, follows Pointless star Alexander Armstrong as he meets with the Queen’s cousins who share previously hidden details about the head of The Firm.

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They’ll also share secrets, such as private letters, personal photos and rare memorabilia, as they recall their most treasured memories.

But one of the most memorable moments in the show comes from Lord Ivar Mountbatten, who tells Alexander that the Queen is actually very normal when she’s not on duty and that the Royal family are just like any other.

When Alexander asks whether in private they’re “a normal family” he answers: “Yes, absolutely. That’s what everyone seems to forget.”

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He continues: “We all have our ups and downs, everybody has their own internal arguments – it’s the same anywhere.”

Lord Ivar Mountbatten then goes on to say that the formality is totally dropped – apart from the fact that all family members must continue to address The Queen as Ma'am.

“You will always remember that the Queen is the Queen,” he says. “You would say Your Majesty to begin with and then always Ma'am.”

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He adds: “It’s just like when we went to school we would always call the Headmaster Sir. You wouldn’t think anything of it.”

Later in the documentary, Alexander meets with another of the Queen’s relatives, her Goddaughter Victoria Pryor, who opens up on her personal experiences with the Royal family.

Victoria explains: “We’re all just perfectly ordinary people. The Queen Mother and my granny were very close and the Queen Mother was unbelievably fond of mummy and her siblings.”

She also gives a rare insight into what it’s like to stay with Her Majesty, including protocol behind closed doors.

Victoria said: “Mummy called her [the Queen] Lilibet but we call her Ma'am.”

“If she’s staying then the first thing in the morning you curtsey, and then you don’t have to curtsey after that. That’s the etiquette.”

The Queen and her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong airs tonight at 9pm on ITV

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