The public is so used to seeing Queen Elizabeth II stoic and professional when out and about on her Royal duties, but an insider close to the Royal family revealed she's actually a chatty Cathy!

Queen Elizabeth II spent much of COVID-19 hunkered down in the Windsor Castle, hidden away from any possible threats, but that doesn't mean she didn't have a close-knit circle of folks ready to chat with her! One of them is revealing what quarantine was like with the iconic woman.

Queen Elizabeth and her circle of friends

A Windsor Castle insider shared with People that despite having an emotional year losing her husband of 73 years, the Queen still enjoyed moments with people she trusted.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a service of Thanksgiving to mark the centenary of The Royal British Legion

"The Queen can go from being magisterial to chatty with those she trusts," the insider shared. "She has good judgment once she trusts people – and once she does it is very easy."

Once the pandemic slowed a little and it was safer to do so, the Queen would invite friends over for lunches and dinners and would talk away with her innermost circle.

Who is among the lucky few? It is reported that Lady Susan Hussey, her Lady-in-Waiting of nearly 6 decades, Mabel Anderson and Susan Rhodes, Prince Charles' nannies, are just a couple of her closest friends.

While the circle remains small to protect the Queen from contracting the virus, the insider shares it's still a very jolly place. 

"Those who are in it cherish their place," they said. "They are a support for the Queen and someone that they can have a laugh with and she can talk about the issues of the day."

It's been hard planning Royal engagements, and all measures taken have been done so to protect the Queen as COVID-19 is still very much prevalent in the world.

However, she will entertain her family for the first Christmas since losing Prince Philip, an event highly anticipated by all.