A.N. WILSON: How I betrayed Queen Mum after a merry evening of stupendous wines


The convention is that you should not repeat things said to you at the dinner table by the Royal Family. I do not really know why, so long as they are not state secrets or matters disclosed in strict confidence.

When that lovable rogue Woodrow Wyatt — former Labour MP, subsequently high Tory peer — befriended my wife and me, he asked us to dinner with the Queen Mother. It was a merry evening, with stupendous wines, and about a dozen people present.

I was next to the Queen Mother at table. She must have been about 80 at the time. After we got home I wrote down the conversation. It was all…



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