Denise Van Outen sent The Queen a cuddly toy camel to apologise for stealing a Buckingham Palace ashtray


GETTING an invite to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for most people – even celebrities.

Denise van Outen once attended a reception at Buckingham Palace while working as a host on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast show.

The 45-year-old stole an ashtray and tissue holder during a reception at Buckingham Palace in 1998

Honoured by The Queen‘s invite to the palace in 1998, the up-and-coming actress decided she’d take a souvenir with her when she left – namely an antique ashtray and tissue holder.

But naturally, the missing items didn’t go unnoticed by Buckingham Palace.

Apologising for her lapse in judgement on the morning show, the then 23-year-old said: “I am really sorry. It was just a bit of fun.”

Not only did Denise return the two priceless items – but she also sent The Queen a rather unique gift to say sorry.

The presenter sent Her Majesty a toy camel to apologise for ‘giving her the hump’

According to BBC News, the former Loose Women panellist posted a toy camel she’d bought in Tunisia to Her Majesty.

Explaining her unusual choice of gift, Denise reportedly sent a note reading: “Sorry, Ma’am. I didn’t mean to give you the hump.”

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said at the time: “The vast majority of guests don’t take anything away as a souvenir.

“We get nearly 50,000 visitors a year and if they all took souvenirs there wouldn’t be much left!”

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