Queen Elizabeth gives awards to a slew of people on a regular basis. As such, it is quite difficult for Her Majesty to remember every detail about the awardees.

But children’s book author Julia Donaldson recently revealed Her Majesty’s clever secret on how she remembers two important facts about the people she is awarding.

While speaking with The Sun, Donaldson said that the Queen usually goes through potted biographies using a yellow marker and two words are typically highlighted.

“So, when you get called up, the equerry shows her the words. I did my little curtsey and she said ‘Oh, so you’re a writer... you’re very popular...’ I went off thinking ‘writer/popular...’ those must have been my two words,” she said.

Her Majesty attends 25 investitures throughout the year. This means that memorizing just two words about every person she will give an award to is a very good tactic.

Donaldson also opened up about what it was like meeting the 93-year-old monarch. She said that she felt a sense of admiration towards the Queen. “She does this with some 75 people every session and she’s on her feet the whole time,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Queen also made headlines recently after royal author Adam Helliker revealed the one thing that Her Majesty dislikes whenever she enters a room filled with people.

While speaking with The Sun, he said that the monarch gets irritated whenever people seem too nervous to be around her.

“Well, an RAF officer who served as an equerry discloses: ‘One summer day she asked me to join her on a walk at Balmoral. She talked about how irritating it was to go into a party and as she put it, watch people peel away, like the water parting as the bow of a ship plowed through it,’” Helliker said.

The Queen dislikes the inevitable hush that always greets her whenever she walks into a room. But it is understandable why people must be starstruck at the sight of her.

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Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on Nov. 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson