Dawn French has recalled the “horribly frightening” moment she met the late Queen Mother aged four, with the comedian claiming the moment left her “angry”.
Actress Dawn, 66, met Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died aged 101 in 2002, while visiting her father’s military base.
She said she prepared for the moment in advance and practiced the protocol for a meeting with the king, but she was taken aback when Dawn thought she was “a witch” because of the Queen Mother’s “brown” teeth.
During an appearance on This Morning on Friday, Dawn explained: “I was four. It was terribly scary.
“We had been doing curtsy exercises. She came to my father’s military base. I was expecting unicorns and crowns and neither showed up. I’m furious.
Lasting memory: Dawn French, 66, has recalled the “horribly frightening” moment she met the late Queen Mother aged four, with the star claiming the moment left her “angry” (Dawn pictured on This Morning on Friday)
Special moment: Actress Dawn met Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101, while visiting her father’s military base (Queen Mother pictured in November 1961).
“A woman in a purple outfit smiled at me and her teeth were brown.
“If you’re four, that’s a witch. I wouldn’t talk to her.”
Meanwhile, Dawn turned heads on Friday morning wearing a badge with the comical inscription “#1 TW*T” to promote her new book.
After appearing on BBC Radio 2 on Friday, Dawn was seen leaving the studios with a walking stick for the first time in years, raising questions about her health.
She was first photographed using the cane in 2009 after experiencing problems with her right leg.
Dawn has not yet spoken about why the cane reappeared.
Movie star Dawn released her autobiography The Tw*t Files: a hilarious memoir of mistakes, mishaps and messes this month.
It explained the reason why she suddenly decided to leave French & Saunders, her hit show with her best friend Jennifer Saunders.
Shocked: Dawn was stunned as the Queen Mother’s ‘brown’ teeth made her think she was ‘a witch’
Dawn recalls that the “turning point” came while filming a skit with pop star Anastacia.
Dawn and Jennifer filmed the scene in the toilets of the BBC building, with Dawn describing her fantasy that Anastacia would hear her singing and invite her to be on Top of the Pops with her.
Anastacia plays the lead role in the sketch and overhears the conversation. Cut to Dawn in the pop star’s signature cowgirl look, singing with the star on TOTP.
Dawn writes in her new book that the sight of herself in the costume was the moment she decided to leave the show. “I had truly never felt so ugly.” I often willingly and happily felt “ugly” for hundreds of sketches.
“I’ve never minded what something looks like, as long as it serves the joke correctly.” The mirror told me clearly why this was so disgusting. Because the joke was on me.’
Author: Meanwhile, Dawn caused a stir on Friday morning by wearing a badge with the comical inscription “#1 TW*T” to promote a new book
New accessory: The comedian was spotted with a walking stick for the first time in years, raising questions about her health
After she finished filming for the day, Dawn said she “burst into hot, angry tears.” I really sobbed the whole 28 miles home before I called Jennifer and told her she wanted to finish her show.
Speak with The timesDawn insisted that her best friend didn’t try to dissuade her, explaining: “Jennifer would never fight me over something that big.”
“She’s like, ‘What the hell were you thinking?’ We could have easily sorted that out.’ But it wasn’t a problem.’
She herself has never regretted her decision and added: “I think it was time to move on to another chapter and you have to know when that happens.”
Huge hit: Dawn recently reflected on the sudden end of her hit BBC show French & Saunders (pictured on the show with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders)
French and Saunders began working together when they met in their early twenties in 1978, when their eponymous sketch show first aired on BBC Two in 1987.
Rick Astley, 57, also appeared on Zoe Balls’ BBC Radio 2 show on Friday.
He wore a black top and jacket with khaki pants and matching sneakers.
His appearance came after he revealed in September that he had left home after his father beat him.
Not alone: Rick Astley, 57, also appeared on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on Friday, wearing a black top and jacket with khaki trousers and matching trainers