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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

What's in a name (plate)?

Here's a nice little subplot to the Queen's historic attendance at Cabinet.

Everyone was slightly nervous at the Royal presence, including the PM. David Cameron sees her regularly for their weekly audience, but even he did some extra prep beforehand, swotting up on each subject to make sure he introduced it properly and in order.

The PM also found it slightly discombobulating to be sitting in a normal chair, as he'd given up his own chair - with arm rests - to Her Majesty.

A true pro, The Queen made some pointed remarks at Cabinet, including her hope that next year's Queen's Speech would be 'shorter rather than longer' and an observation about the 'regrettable' sell-off of the nation's gold reserves by Gordon Brown.

No.10 was so keen to make the Monarch at home that it even had a specially made nameplate provided for her - 'Her Majesty The Queen' (see below) - to go alongside those that traditionally identify individual ministers around the table.

But although Mr Cameron is a very distant cousin of The Queen, it was the one real (bicycling) Baronet around the table who decided he needed a proper memento of the moment.

Step forward, Sir George Young. After Her Maj left the meeting, the Chief Whip was as quick as a flash and picked up her nameplate and pocketed it, one source reveals.

It's not thought that Sir George will put the historic item it on eBay or offer it at a constituency raffle. Maybe it will just go alongside other Royal memorabilia in his Hampshire home.

Either way, you've got to admire his chutzpah. It was so cheeky he could have been...a journalist.

 

 

 

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