The most memorable cartoons from Queen Elizabeth’s reign by Mail on Sunday’s sketch artist Mac

IMAGE: The most memorable cartoons from Queen Elizabeth’s reign by Mail on Sunday’s legendary cartoonist Mac – including the cartoons she loved most

Legendary Mail on Sunday cartoonist Mac has been depicting the royal family for decades, below are some of his most memorable, including a lover of the Queen herself from her corgi…

February 1996: The Queen once told Mail cartoonist Mac that she loved seeing her corgis in his sketches. She liked this one, about precautions after an anthrax scare, so much so she bought the original

“I feel sorry for the corgis.” February 27, 1996

November 2000: A photographer caught the Queen wringing an injured pheasant’s neck with her bare hands during a shoot in Sandringham to end the suffering – but activists called it cruel

'Do not worry!  You've got five seconds to start and if it's not a clean shot, my wife will wring your neck

‘Do not worry! You’ve got five seconds to start and if it’s not a clean shot, my wife will wring your neck”

November 2001: The Queen and Prince Philip visit the set of BBC soap EastEnders and dive into the Queen Vic. Maybe some Cockney slang was rubbed on the old Runner Bean?

"Stone me.  benskin.  We go through the bleeding TV studios all day and we are devastated.  Pour us a few pints and have one yourself."

‘Stone me. benskin. We’ve been walking through the bleeding TV studios all day and we’re devastated. Pour us a few pints and have one yourself.’

April 2003: After Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s £280 million fortune placed her above the Queen on the Sunday Times Rich List, Mac imagines the monarch has a wizard idea to catch up on

".... ah.  cried Harry Windsor, as he put out his cigarette and climbed on his chauffeur-driven broomstick...."

“…Aha. Harry Windsor shouted, as he put out his cigarette and climbed on his chauffeur-driven broomstick…”

May 2004: After a man entered Windsor Castle disguising himself as a senior officer of Scotland Yard, what else could would-be intruders do to pursue Her Majesty?

“Talk to security, Phillip.  On Monday someone came a stone's throw from me and pretended to be a police officer.'

“Talk to security, Phillip. On Monday someone came a stone’s throw from me and pretended to be a police officer.’

April 2006: The Royal Mail was inundated with royal mail when the Queen received more than 20,000 cards for her 80th birthday. The thousands of emails would have been easier to deal with

'If that's the mail, dear Philip;  do you want to see if there are tickets for me?'

‘If that’s the mail, dear Philip; do you want to see if there are tickets for me?’

June 2010: The Queen’s bid for an increase in government funding for her Civil List is rejected by Chancellor George Osborne, requiring some drastic measures to balance royal finances

'Mrs Figgis.  I wonder if you could spare a few pounds until the end of next week?'

‘Mrs Figgis. I wonder if you could spare a few pounds until the end of next week?’

December 2010: After two family engagements – Zara Phillips to Mike Tindall and Prince William to Kate – the Queen would be forgiven for wanting a quieter social life

'Two is enough for a year.  I hope no one else will be surprised.'

‘Two is enough for a year. I hope no one else will be surprised.’

October 2014: Helen Mirren – who won an Oscar for playing the Queen – is named as the new face of L’Oréal. But could the cosmetics giant also grab a regal understudy in signing the actress?

'Helen Mirren is cold.  Are you free for a photo shoot tomorrow?'

‘Helen Mirren is cold. Are you free for a photo shoot tomorrow?’

August 2017: Buckingham Palace had confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh would retire from royal engagements at the age of 95, giving him much more free time to do the things he loved

'Of course, Kate.  Now that he's fully retired, I'm sure he'd love to babysit a few days a week.  I'll ask him.'

‘Of course, Kate. Now that he’s fully retired, I’m sure he’d love to babysit a few days a week. I’ll ask him.’

November 2017: Mac imagines some confusion as Prince Harry announces his engagement to Meghan Markle – although Prince Philip may have heard the name correctly afterwards…

“MARKLE, Philip, honey.  MEGHAN MARK!  Harry is not marrying Angela Merkel!'

“MARKLE, Philip, honey. MEGHAN MARK! Harry is not marrying Angela Merkel!’

June 2022: The Queen’s surprise appearance in a heartwarming TV sketch with Paddington Bear was a highlight of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, overshadowing some of his faithful companions

“Now we know why we've been left alone and neglected.  She's romping with Paddington b***** Bear!'

“Now we know why we’ve been left alone and neglected. She’s romping with Paddington b***** Bear!’

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