Blunkett admits royal blunders

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SHEFFIELD MP David Blunkett committed a series of embarrassing blunders in the presence of the Queen, he has admitted.

During a Commons debate celebrating the Monarch’s Diamond Jubilee, the Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough revealed several mistakes in royal company.

He said: “Over those 60 years, I have managed to achieve the dishonour of making mistakes in front of the Queen on a number of occasions.”

As leader of Sheffield Council ‘many moons ago’, he was tasting the tea before the Queen arrived and found it ‘disgusting’.

He said he had it changed, ‘only to find it was her favourite brew I had set aside’.

Mr Blunkett, who is blind, said: “I also made the mistake of declining Her Majesty’s help at lunch when I was leader of Sheffield, when she offered to help me with a Barnsley chop.

“Had I accepted, I would have been spared the embarrassment of being told at the end of the meal she was ‘quite used to cutting up the meat for the corgis’.”