'She just smiled' May has Commons in stitches with hilarious anecdote of watchful Queen

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Theresa May joined in fellow MPs in paying tribute to the Queen, sharing insight into her relationship with the sovereign and stories about her experience as Prime Minister under Elizabeth II’s reign. The sombre hommage however took an uproarious twist as she recounted having been caught by the Queen’s watchful eyes after a rather embarrassing “split-second decision”. The former Prime Minister said: “I remember one picnic at Balmoral which was taking place in one of the booties on the estate.

“The hamper came from the castle and we all mucked in to put the food and the drinks on the table.

“I picked up some cheese, put it on a plate, and was transferring it to the table – the cheese fell on the floor.

“I had a split-second decision to make. I picked up the cheese, put it on the plate and put it on the table.”

She continued: “And I turned around to see that my every move had been watched very carefully by Her Majesty the Queen.

“I looked at her, she looked at me and she just smiled. And the cheese remained on the table.”

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