A regional editor blew his chance of a knighthood after dropping a canape on the Queen’s carpet during a media reception at Buckingham Palace.
The reception, which was attended by national journalists and broadcasters as well as several regional press editors, was taking place to mark the Queen’s forthcoming Diamond Jubilee.
Peter recounted his experience at the event in a blog post this week.
He wrote: “We were standing in the same room in which the great and the good gather for their knighthoods, MBEs and the like and I was offered a canape.
“‘Could you please tell me what it is?’ I asked. ‘Goats cheese, beetroot and pureed pea,’ replied the waitress.
“It sounded like more than your average canape so I took it, only to promptly drop it on the pink carpet, just underneath a Rembrandt.
“Having left a nasty green smudge on the thick pile, I didn’t know what to do with the canape so I held onto it.
“Suddenly, there was a flurry of activity to signal that The Queen was approaching. I looked round, momentarily thought about hiding the canape behind the Rembrandt, then scoffed it.
“It’s the first and final time I’ve eaten a goats cheese, beetroot, pureed pea and fluff canape.”
Peter said the Queen had told him how pleased she was that so many regional newspapers had attended the reception.
But he added: “She might change her mind when she sees that green smudge on the carpet. I doubt that I’ll be back for a knighthood.”