Queen Elizabeth went nuts over nibbles, court told

Published: December 13, 2013
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth. PHOTO: REUTERS

Britain's Queen Elizabeth. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was so incensed with royal police officers eating nuts from bowls left out in the corridors of Buckingham Palace that she drew lines on the sides in a bid to catch them out, a London court heard on Thursday.

In emails submitted to the phone hacking trial of journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, its royal reporter said he had learnt that a memo had been issued to all officers telling them to “keep their sticky fingers out”.

To laughter in the court, judge John Saunders told the jury that these were “unfounded allegations”.

“Queen furious about police stealing bowls of nuts and nibbles left out for her in the BP (Buckingham Palace) Queen’s corridors,” an email from royal reporter Clive Goodman to then editor Andy Coulson said.

It said staff had put out a selection of nuts including cashews, almonds and Bombay mix around the palace for the 87-year-old queen.

“Problem is that police on patrol eat the lot. Queen so narked (annoyed) she has started marking the bowls to see where the levels dipped,” it said.

The emails were read out to the long-running phone hacking trial, where eight people including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are facing charges related to the interception of voicemails.

The eight all deny the charges. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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  • faizaan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 5:43PM

    The level to which the monarchy sway has come down to. Henry the eighth would be rolling in his grave…

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  • Mr Muscle
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Poor Queenie!
    They should be hung drawn and quartered for their terrible misdeed to society!

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  • Mr Muscle
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Poor Queenie!
    They should be hung drawn and quartered for their terrible misdeed to society!!!

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  • 36
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:31PM

    At least the police officers have a full set of teeth for eating nuts!

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  • Waqas
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:57PM

    Wasn’t expecting such cheap behavior from the world’s richest woman and head of the state of UK, USA, Canada and Australia + a whole lot of other countries………Recommend

  • Carol
    Dec 14, 2013 - 6:02PM

    uSA???? Ahah@Waqas:

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  • 36
    Dec 15, 2013 - 8:33AM

    @Waqas:
    She is not the world’s richest woman. Far from it. She’s a parasite that lives off UK tax payers.

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  • Shahryar
    Dec 15, 2013 - 11:33AM

    @Waqas, you forgot mention Russia & China..

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  • Saeed Khan
    Dec 16, 2013 - 3:36AM

    @Waqas You just made my day with your hilarious comment

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  • LuvDat!
    Dec 25, 2013 - 7:36AM

    Now I know! Stupid comments get more attention than the “wise” ones. I won’t feel bad from now on if no one check my comment out.

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  • SayWhat?
    Dec 25, 2013 - 7:40AM

    I will start saving my nuts from now on and will donate to BP on my next visit to London.

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  • SayWhat?
    Dec 25, 2013 - 7:40AM

    I will start saving my nuts from now on and will donate to BP on my next visit to London.Recommend

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