Queen Elizabeth. Photo Reuters
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 has heard.
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
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
"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