Meeting the Queen in London
Note - We are informed by a publisher in the
United Kingdom that the origins of this joke are
as follows: The story below is an adaption of
a true story about Queen Victoria and one of her
courtiers as she was being taken by coach through
the streets of London. A horse pulling the carriage
broke wind (farted).......she said "Whoops excuse
me", the courtier said, "Ma'am, if you had not
spoken, no one would ever have known".
Heathrow, a 300-foot long red carpet is stretched
out to Air Force One and President Bush strides
to a warm but dignified handshake from Queen Elizabeth
They ride in a silver
1934 Bentley limousine to the edge of central
London where they board an open 17th century coach
hitched to six magnificent white matching horses.
They ride toward Buckingham Palace, each looking
sideways and waving to the thousands of cheering
Britons lining the streets, all is going well.
Suddenly the right rear
horse lets fly with the most horrendous, earth-rending,
eye-smarting blast of gastronomic flatulence ever
heard in the British Empire, including Bermuda,
Tortola and the Falkland Islands. It shakes the
coach. Uncomfortable, but under control, the two
dignitaries of state do their best to ignore the
whole incident, but then the Queen decides that's
She turns to Mr. Bush
and explains, "Mr. President, please accept my
regrets. I'm sure you understand that there are
some things that even a Queen cannot control."
George W. Bush, ever
the gentleman, replies, "Your Majesty, please
don't give the matter another thought. You know,
if you hadn't said something, I would have thought
it was one of the horses...."