Queen ‘sniffed’ Joe Pasquale after bizarre ‘minging’ admission: ‘You are a bit wiffy!’

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Joe will tonight compete on ITV’s ‘The Chase: Celebrity Special’ at 8pm. Bradley Walsh presents as celebrity contestants Nicki Chapman, Will Kirk, Len Goodman and Joe take on the Chaser with the hope of claiming a cash prize for their respective charities. Each celebrity can work as a team or play tactically to answer general knowledge questions against the clock and make their way down the game board. 

If all the celebrities are caught by the Chaser, the team can compete in the Final Chase for the prize fund of £20,000.

Meanwhile a consolation prize of £1000 is awarded to the charities for each celebrity who advances to the Final Chase.

Joe is no stranger to ITV game shows with the comedian having won the fourth series of ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’ in 2004.

That year, the comic beat off stiff competition from the likes of Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell and Irish nightclub owner Fran Cosgrave.

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The 60-year-old’s storied career as a comedy magician and actor has led him to perform at the Royal Variety Show and rub shoulders with royalty on a number of occasions.

In particular, Joe had a very memorable encounter with the Queen after the 2007 Royal Command Performance.

He had performed with American art company The Blue Man Group who naturally painted the comedian blue for the show and swung him across the stage into a large canvas.

Unfortunately, what followed was a meeting with Her Majesty.

Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier this year, Joe explained: “The paint was egg-based so there were no harmful side effects.

“But after days of rehearsals it had gone off. Consequently, I stank ‒ even after I’d showered.

“When I met the Queen, she asked, ‘Have you recovered?’

“I said ‘Yes ma’am but I’m minging’. She said ‘What’s minging?’

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“I replied, ‘I smell a bit’ and she lent forward and sniffed me.

“‘Oh’ she said. ‘You are a bit whiffy…’”

The comedian also described an awkward encounter with Prince Philip at another royal event. 

He claimed that the Duke of Edinburgh looked him up and down and said: “You’re the fellow who did the… yesss…”

Joe laughed: “And then he walked off!”

The comedian has done six Royal Variety Performances in his time with the most recent one coming in 2005.

Joe admitted that during one of those performances he got so drunk that the other acts avoided him for the entire night.

That evening, during which he met the Queen, the comedian claimed he was the “most drunk” he had ever been.

Beyond his work in comedy, Joe played Smee for a stage performance of Peter Pan for nine years while he has also starred in Jack in the Beanstalk and Cinderella.

Watch The Chase: Celebrity Special’ tonight on ITV at 8pm.

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