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It's unofficial, but the Queen 'purred' with happiness with the Scotland result

Wednesday, September 24th 2014 - 06:41 UTC
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The words belong to PM Cameron while talking with Michael Bloomberg in New York The words belong to PM Cameron while talking with Michael Bloomberg in New York

Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard saying Queen Elizabeth had “purred” with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence.

In New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, TV crews accidentally picked up remarks Cameron made to Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of the city, which are likely to embarrass Queen Elizabeth and the British leader.

“She purred down the line. I've never heard someone so happy,” Cameron, whose Conservative Party campaigned for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom, said of the Queen, according to BBC TV and Sky News.

Cameron also revealed he had been frustrated with pollsters who towards the end of the Sept. 18 referendum suggested the outcome would be close. In the event, Scots voted by 55-45 to reject independence.

“It should never have been that close. It wasn't in the end, but there was a time in the middle of the campaign when it felt...,” said Cameron, the microphones failing to pick up the rest of his sentence.

“I've said I want to find these polling companies and I want to sue them for my stomach ulcers because of what they put me through, you know. It was very nervous.”

Cameron's office and Buckingham Palace said they would not be commenting on the remarks.

The Queen said publicly after the vote she was sure Scots would be able to come together in a spirit of mutual respect after the divisions of their independence referendum.

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  • Briton

    this is rather childish of the press to pursue,
    it was private between two people,
    but one should take note, never ever talk politics if the press are around
    or you will get ironed on..

    just a hot thought.

    Sep 24th, 2014 - 11:25 am 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    Why shouldn't the Queen be allowed to be happy at the outcome anyway ?
    Total non story , like much of what Murkypress publishes .

    Sep 24th, 2014 - 02:53 pm 0
  • reality check

    True, he was overheard him using his description of her obvious happiness at the result.

    WTF, did they expect they expect her to be, annoyed?

    Sep 24th, 2014 - 03:22 pm 0
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