Why Queen Elizabeth is the world’s most famous introvert

The Queen has only given one interview while a sovereign. Her true personality remains elusive to the public. However, one thing is clear: Queen Elizabeth is an introvert, or at the very least, an ambivert (here are 10 signs you might be one too).

Introverts prefer quiet environments and feel energized from spending time alone or with people they know well. They aren’t necessarily shy, but they do tend to be more reserved and guarded with strangers. Fellow introverts will appreciate how draining an average day for Her Majesty must be.

Fortunately, the Queen has some tricks to make public engagements easier. Just like us commoners rely on friends to save us from awkward situations or boring conversations, she subtly signals to her staff when she wants an intervention. If she places her handbag on the table, it indicates that she wants the event to end in the next five minutes. For more urgent situations, putting her bag on the floor shows that she wants her lady-in-waiting to rescue her immediately. Don’t miss these other fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth.

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This official photograph released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth with her husband, Prince Philip, and was taken at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain just after Easter 2016. Annie Leibovitz/Handout via Reuters - THIS IMAGE MAY BE USED FREE OF CHARGE, INTERNATIONALLY, FOR 14 DAYS FROM RELEASE, UNTIL FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016. AFTER THIS DATE, FOR USE OR REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORMAT ON ANY PLATFORM, PLEASE REFER TO ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR APPROVAL. NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth, and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
POUNDBURY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the unveiling of a statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother during a visit to Poundbury on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip fly back from a visit to Yorkshire in an Andover of the Queen's Flight, in a photo taken during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary The Royal Family.
LONDON - JUNE 1: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh chat during the Gulf Parade in London on June 1, 1991. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 20: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh wear safety glasses during a laser surgery demonstration at the opening of University College Hospital in London on October the 20th 2005. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
1947: H R H Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their engagement at Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward waving to the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping of the Colour. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1947: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth with her husband Philip, son Charles and daughter Anne. She is the future Queen Elizabeth II of England. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Christmas at Windsor Castle is shown here with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip shown putting finishing touches to Christmas tree, in a photo made recently during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary, The Royal Family.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Gulf War Victory Parade in the City of London on June 21, 1991 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
ICELAND - JUNE 25: The Queen And Prince Philip In Iceland. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, sits in the House of Lords before delivering her speech at the State Opening of Parliament May 14. Prime Minister Tony Blair committed his new Labour Government to a major programme of constitutional reform aimed at making a decisive break with 18 years of Conservative rule. BRITAIN
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive for the start of Royal Ascot on Ladies Day June 17. The Queen, who is a keen racing fan and owner, had a winner with her horse Blueprint on the first day of the meeting. AS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands on the balcony with Prine Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to honour her official birthday June 16, 2001. Trooping the colour has honoured the sovereign's official birthday since the 17th century and dates back to the earliest times of armed conflict, when each leader needed his own flag or colours to stand out clearly amid the smoke and dust of battle which led to regular trooping allowing soldiers to recognise the colours around which they should rally. BR
CANADA - MARCH 08: Royal tour of Australia and New Zealand by the King and Queen with Princess Margaret Rose early next year will be first by the reigning king. Princess Elizabeth shown here with Philip on New Zealand barque in London; will stay at home (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip attend the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy, in south-east England, 12 April 2006. The Queens' grandson Prince Harry graduated from the elite Sandhurst military academy Wednesday. Officer Cadet H Wales as Prince Harry is known, will train to become a troop commander, in charge of 11 enlisted men and four light tanks -- a job that could soon see him on front-line duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. His grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 80 on April 21, and father Prince Charles both turned out for the passing-out ceremony where Harry and 218 other officer cadets in crisp blue uniforms, each carrying thin silver swords, received their commissions after 44 weeks of gruelling training. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip make their way down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, London, on their wedding day, 20th November 1947. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4438 - Royal Wedding - pub. 1947 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after the annual Maundy Ceremony, 7th April 1966. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip watch the sack race at the annual Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland, Britain September 5, 2015. Queen Elizabeth will become Britain's longest-ever serving monarch on September 9. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the dedication of a Knights Bachelor temple at the church of St. Bartholomew The Great, London, 10th July 1968. (Photo by George Freston/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
390922 07: Britain''s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew arrive in a carriage June 21, 2001 at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip talk as they watch a calvary display by the elite Cadre Noir riding college in Paris 06 April 2004, on the second day of a three-day state visit to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, the colonial-era promise of cross-channel friendship between Britain and France. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
The Queen & The Duke Of Edinburgh Attend A Service Of Commemoration To Mark The Bicentenary Of The Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act At Westminster Abbey, London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Royal Maundy service at Leicester Cathedral on April 13, 2017 in Leicester, England. The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh travelled by car from Leicester station along Humberstone Gate, High Street and Jubilee Square. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attending the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Colombian State Visit at Horse Guards Parade on November 1, 2016 in London, England. The President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos are paying their first State Visit to the UK as official guests of Queen Elizabeth. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh greet His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait at a Ceremonial Welcome Windsor Castle on November 27, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) arrives with Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (R) at Westminster Abbey in London, for a service to mark the Passing of The World War One Generation, on November 11, 2009. Queen Elizabeth II led Britain in marking Armistice Day on Wednesday -- along with troops on the frontline in Afghanistan -- while commemorating the passing of the World War I generation of soldiers. At 11:00 am (1100 GMT), 91 years since the Great War armistice came into effect, people fell silent for two minutes to remember those who fought and gave their lives in the 1914-1918 conflict. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg leave after the State Opening Of Parliament on November 18, 2009 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the Government's legislative programme in a speech delivered from the Throne in The House of Lords. This new session of Parliament will only last until the general election which has to be called by June 3, 2010. (Photo by Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R), watch a performance during a visit to re-open the tea clipper Cutty Sark in Greenwich, east London, on April 25, 2012. The Cutty Sark, built in 1869 was one of the last and one of the fastest tea clippers to be built. The Cutty Sark was badly damaged by fire on in May 2007 but after a 50 million GBP (80.6 million USD) restoration project the vessel is restored and will reopen to the public on April 26. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan at Buckingham Palace on October 22, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, end a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They stayed at Buckingham Palace and undertook engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOSSIEMOUTH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II pose for a photo during a visit to RAF Lossiemouth on their 67th wedding anniversary on November 20, 2014 in Lossiemouth, Scotland. It was the Queen's first visit to the base since 2003. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave Horseguards Parade after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, Britain June 11, 2016. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stand on the balcony of Roemer townhall in Frankfurt, Germany June 25, 2015. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are on a three day state visit to Germany. REUTERS/Boris Roessler/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh upon their arrival for lunch at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP ARRIVE AT A PRIVATE PARTY FOR BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THE RITZ HOTEL IN LONDON.
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Most comfortable in the countryside, the Queen has a well-known passion for horses and dogs. There is a scene in the hit Netflix show The Crown which reveals a fascinating side of the monarch. While giving Jackie Kennedy a personal tour of Buckingham Palace, the two women find themselves bonding over their respective positions as introverted women who have found themselves in the limelight. Surrounded by the Queen’s beloved corgis, both women admit they are happiest around animals and that their extroverted sisters would have been much better suited to their public roles.

In real life, the Queen has confessed she relies on the company of her corgis. Not only do they offer unconditional love, but they also serve as a way for her to break the ice with strangers. Walking them on the grounds of her palaces gives her time alone for the introspection that is essential to an introvert’s mental health.

Introverts take time to process their thoughts—a useful trait for someone who has the added pressure of remaining politically neutral at all times. Behind the scenes, those closest to the Queen say that she is warm and friendly. As well as being a loving mother and grandmother, she’s a loyal friend with a wicked sense of humor to rival her extroverted husband’s.

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is shown an orphaned cygnet at Oakley Court on the river bank during a swan upping census on the River Thames on July 20, 2009 near Windsor, England. During the ancient annual ceremony the Swan Marker leads a team of Swan Uppers on a five-day journey along the River Thames from Sunbury-on-Thames through Windsor to Abingdon counting, marking and checking the health of all unmarked swans. (Photo by Sang Tan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to 12 week old Labrador puppy 'Flint' by her trainer Ruth Narracott as she tours the facilities during a visit to the headquarters of the charity 'Canine Partners' in Midhurst in West Sussex on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L), meets a horse named Quinn, with a skeleton painted on it to help educate officers, during a visit to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at the Hyde Park Barracks in west London on October 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II reviews the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during their 70th anniversary parade in Hyde Park on October 19, 2017 in London, England. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA) was formed by King George VI in October 1947 and are commonly known as the 'Gunners'. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STAFFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 25: Queen Elizabeth II visits one of the Duchy of Lancaster Farms where she met tenants John and Victoria Coupland and young Equestrians at the Eland Lodge Equestrian centre on May 25, 2017 in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II with her horse 'Murthwaite Dawn Chorus' which competed in the Fell Class on day 3 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 12, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, in her role as Colonel-In-Chief of The Royal Welsh, attends a review and presentation of leeks to soldiers of The Royal Welsh to mark St David's Day at Lucknow Barracks on March 3, 2017 in Tidworth, England. The Royal Welsh is an Armoured Infantry Battalion of the British Army, formed on St David's Day in 2006, following an amalgamation of The Royal Welch Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Wales. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Queen Elizabeth II with her horse Dartmouth which won The Hardwick Stakes on day 5 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2016 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Canine Partners charity in Midhurst, Britain, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
An Asiatic lioness looks towards Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she and Prince Philip officially opened the "Land of the Lions" enclosure at London Zoo in London, Britain, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides her horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle, three days after the death of her mother, in this April 2, 2002 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Dan Chung/Files SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is shown how technology helps animals at The University of Surrey's new School of Veterinary Medicine, as she watches a dog on a treadmill, Guildford, Britain, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) accompanied by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh looks at two Koalas held by wildlife officers at Southbank in Brisbane October 24, 2011. Queen Elizabeth is in Australia for an 11-day official visit. REUTERS/Mechielsen Lyndon/Pool (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT ANIMALS)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth laughs as she looks down at a Highland cow during a visit to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland June 26, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN SOCIETY ANIMALS ROYALS)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rubs a Lipizzaner's nose during her visit to Lipica October 22, 2008. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are on a two-day official visit to Slovenia. REUTERS/Srdjan Zvulovic (SLOVENIA)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks on as a mixed breed dog named Gemma is given a cardiogram at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in London, March 19, 1997. The Queen who is the centenary patron of the Blue Cross, met staff, saw sick animals and watched vets at work in several of the hospital's operating theatres. REUTERS/Shawn Baldwin
Queen Elizabeth II stops to view a group of corgi dogs following her visit to the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta May 24, 2005. The Queen spent several minutes talking with owners and petting the animals. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC
Queen Elizabeth II greets the Manitoba Corgi Club as she tours the Forks Market in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 8, 2002. The Queen is currently on an 11-day Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. REUTERS/Adrian Wyld/ Pool REUTERS SB
Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Ken Mansfield and his dog Rocky as she meets prize winning corgis and their handlers in Adelaide February 28, 2002. The Queen arrived in Australia on Wednesday on a five-day visit, and will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Coolum on March 1. REUTERS/Bob Strong RCS/JD
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[Source: Telegraph, Vanity Fair]

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