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11/11/00
Off With Their Mobiles
- Her Majesty orders phone switch off after banquet disruption

THE QUEEN has called for royal staff to turn off their mobiles after a state banquet was disrupted by loud ringing tones.

Popular tunes such as Colonel Bogey and Hawaii Five-O were at first viewed with amusement. But it was with a serious tone that servants were ordered to switch off their phones while on duty, following the rude interruption to a major dinner for visiting dignitaries.

"No-one wants mobile phones going off during a state banquet," said a Palace spokesperson. "This really is a case of common sense and good manners." The ban applies to staff at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, Holyrood in Edinburgh and Balmoral. However staff will still be allowed to use their phones during breaks.

It isn't just the mobile menace that the Queen is in a flap about. Her Royal Highness is on the lookout for well-bred females to join the royal family - budgies, that is.
Apparently the budgerigars at Windsor Castle have lost their sexual appetite and the search is on for female budgies with an 'impeccable pedigree.'



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