Stars including The Beatles, Vivienne Westwood and Denise van Outen have got up to no good behind Her Majesty’s back


Ma’am behaving badly: Stephen Fry, Piers Morgan and Denise van Outen

Stephen Fry’s admission that he snorted cocaine at Buckingham Palace came as something of a shock.

But the comedy genius is not the only celebrity to step out of line in the royal residence.

Stars including The Beatles, Vivienne Westwood and Denise van Outen have got up to no good behind Her Majesty’s back.

From flashing to stealing ­paintings and loo rolls, here are some of the shenanigans that have gone on…

Get a room


Party: VE Day

People getting fruity on the doorstep of the palace were the last thing the Royal Family expected to see from their balcony on VE Day.

But it emerged this year that couples got carried away as they celebrated the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Thankfully, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the young princesses waving to the crowds did not see their saucy subjects’ steamy antics – or did they?

Going commando


Commando: Vivienne Westwood

Dazzling in a chic outfit, Vivienne Westwood went to receive her OBE from the Queen in 1992 – wearing no knickers.

Just to make sure the world knew, Viv twirled in the palace courtyard for waiting snappers.

She said: “I met a man who worked with the Queen and he said she was rather amused by it.”

She was back at the palace in 2006 to be made a Dame… going commando once again.

Tea leaves

During a garden party in 2009 a sudden deluge forced the Queen to invite guests into her private tent.

But when staff cleared up they realised guests had responded by apparently making off with some of her prized possessions.

Among the missing items were Georgian and Victorian forks and spoons, as well as plates and tea cups bearing the Queen’s cipher .

Also gone were eight pieces of silver cutlery from King George III’s and Queen Victoria’s reign.

“It was an unbelievable abuse of what was a gesture of kindness,” a palace aide said at the time.

Joint honour


Fab gear: Beatles get their MBEs

Stephen Fry, below, wasn’t the first to dabble in drugs at the palace – not by a long shot.

Almost 50 years ago John Lennon claimed the Beatles smoked cannabis in a royal loo before going to receive their MBEs from The Queen.

The other Beatles denied it and the story was probably Lennon’s attempt to reclaim some cool from the “sell-out” of having accepted the honour.

They later handed back their gongs due to Britain’s support for the US in the Vietnam War.

Roll of honour


Paper trail: Piers Morgan

Some stars collect cars, houses – even wives. Piers Morgan? He used to covet loo rolls of the rich and famous… and his trophies included a royal roll.

In 2011 he said: “I had a fantastic loo paper collection from all the famous people’s houses I’ve been to.

“I had Simon Cowell’s, which is black and monogrammed, next to the Queen’s toilet paper from the palace.”

One can only assume he pinched it rather than asked for it, however.

That would have been an awkward conversation with the Queen.

Denise is Outen order


Naughty: Denise at Palace in 1998

Denise Van Outen swiped an ashtray and a tissue box holder during a royal reception for a select group of young Brits in 1998.

The TV presenter later apologised and sent them back.

Denise, who was 23 at the time, said: “I am really sorry. It was just a bit of fun.”

She was reported to have also sent the Queen a stuffed toy camel that she bought in Tunisia with a note attached reading: “Sorry, Ma’am. I didn’t mean to give you the hump.”

Don’t expect she will become Dame Denise any time soon.

Pinched painting


Jailed: Duncan Gray

Duncan Gray walked out of the palace with a £350,000 painting in January 1994.

A judge heard the palace attendant stole An Elderly Couple in an Arbour, by Dutch master Adriaen van Ostade, as well as a £4,000 bowl and £400 in silver cutlery, because officials didn’t show sympathy when he broke his elbow.

The thefts were not noticed for months.

Gray was jailed for 12 months.

Unlucky streak

A teenager nearly displayed his own crown jewels at a 2003 garden party with the Queen.

The 17-year-old, Barney Keen, was attending the event with his family and 8,000 other guests, and decided the time was right for a streak.

Many of the Royal Family were there, including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Keen was promptly chased by a Yeoman of the Guard and eventually rugby-tackled to the ground – all just 100 yards from Her Majesty.

It turned out he did it for a £100 bet with his brother.

Lad’s lingerie lift


Knicked: Queen Victoria’s pants were robbed

Brazen Edward Jones was so obsessed by Queen Victoria he broke into the Palace three times and on one occasion was caught stealing her underwear.

The 14-year-old claimed to have hidden under the Queen’s sofa for several hours and also sat on the throne.

In her journal, Victoria, wrote: “But supposing he had come into the bedroom, how frightened I should have been.”

Jones was jailed in 1840 and 1841 and eventually deported.

Via www.mirror.co.uk

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