Richard Osman says Queen was 'very competitive and funny' when she played 'Pointless'

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Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman co-hosting Pointless. (BBC)

Richard Osman has said the Queen was "very competitive" when she played a game of Pointless.

The TV star said Alexander Armstrong, his co-host on the quiz show, played Pointless with the late monarch at the Sandringham Women’s Institute.

He said Armstrong told him that Her Majesty was really competitive - and admitted he was "fuming" that he didn't get to go too.

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Sharing the story on ITV's Lorraine as he paid tribute to the Queen, Osman said: "He was invited up to see the Queen.

"I note I wasn’t invited!"

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks up and waves to members of staff of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office as she ends an official visit which is part of her Jubilee celebrations in London. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability across much of a turbulent century, has died on Thursday, Sept, 8, 2022. She was 96. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant Pool, File)
The Queen was apparently a Pointless fan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant Pool, File)

He went on: "He went up to Sandringham WI and he played a game of Pointless. There were two teams, the Queen was captain of one of the teams against a local woman from the village.

"The Queen’s team won.

"He said she was very, very forthright in her opinions as to what answers they should give and at the end he presented her with a Pointless trophy."

Osman told host Lorraine Kelly: "She was apparently very competitive and very funny."

File photo dated 17/03/22 of Richard Osman, who has said he would
The star was 'fuming' about not getting an invite himself. (PA)

"I was fuming the next day because he kept it all a secret, I was fuming that I hadn't been invited!" he confessed.

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Osman had hosted Pointless for 13 years since 2009 but announced earlier this year that he was stepping down.

"Pointless has been a joy from start to finish, working alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, backed by the most wonderful team, and for the best viewers in the world," he said at the time.

From now on the star will only appear in celebrity specials.

Watch: Richard Osman doesn't think Alexander Armstrong would leave 'Pointless' if he quit show