In a Reddit AMA yesterday, Betty White confirmed that the late Queen Elizabeth asked The Golden Girls to do a live performance for her. A Redditor asked,
“I understand that the Queen of England was so enamored by The Golden Girls that she requested you girls do a live show for her and the crew obliged? What was the plot and did you have to ‘tone down’ some of the jokes, particularly those by Rue McClanahan?”
Betty White’s response:
It was very exciting. The Queen was lovely. We were told not to address her unless we were addressed. She was up in a box and she came down on stage after with Princess Anne.
We’re not surprised that initiating eye contact was considered an act of overt disrespect even for TV’s most adorkable ladies. White, who played Rose, alongside the late Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty staged the show at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium in 1988. Arthur told The Orlando Sentinel in 1988, “We’ll do about seven minutes from the show, but we’ll have to censor a few things for the queen.”
White, quite Britshly, chose not to divulge whether or not the girls censored the show for the occasion this time around. But like not investing in more Florida real-estate, deleting the non-existent naughty bits in Miami, You’ve Got Style is something she probably only regretted until later in life. Watch some of the show’s funniest moments below and spot the too-hot-for-the-queen parts.
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