10/04/2018 21:30 SAST | Updated 11/04/2018 00:10 SAST

Queen Elizabeth Just Made A Very Diplomatic Joke About Trump And Obama

She knows how to stay out of the fray.

Queen Elizabeth II is an equal opportunity joker. 

The queen took a dig at both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump in a clip released Tuesday from her upcoming ITV special, “The Queen’s Green Planet.” 

In the short video, the queen attempts to say something to host David Attenborough, but can’t because there are loud helicopters hovering above her. 

“Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk? Sounds like President Trump,” she says as Attenborough laughs, before skillfully adding, “Or President Obama.”

It’s unclear whether she was referring to the Trump’s and Obama’s helicopters or, as some others interpreted it, to Trump and Obama themselves.

The royal family usually shies away from anything that would show a political affiliation or bias. 

“It is extremely rare for any member of the royal family to actively comment on political and cultural movements, as the British royal family, which is a constitutional monarchy, are meant to be above politics and related matters,” William Hanson, a British etiquette expert and coach, told HuffPost in February. 

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, then-President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at Windsor Castle on April 22, 2016.

The royal family’s tendency to avoid bias is probably why both Trump and Obama weren’t invited ― or at least won’t be attending ― the royal wedding next month. Kensington Palace released a statement about the guest list on Tuesday.

“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders ― both U.K. and international ― is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” a spokesperson said. “Her Majesty’s government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household.”

Perhaps Trump and Obama will be up early, live-streaming like the rest of us. 

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