Buckingham Palace has reluctantly admitted that a Royal Visit didn't feature Prince William or Kate Middleton, but in actual fact their waxwork replicas.
Suspicions were aroused when officials noticed the pair were unusually quiet and unco-operative on their recent engagement in Wales. Although no one would say exactly how the switch occurred, it is thought the Royal couple had nipped to the toilet after posing with their lookalikes in Madame Tussaud's, London. In the meantime, stressed aides attempting to keep a tight schedule whisked away the dummies instead. By the time the error was noticed, the entourage was halfway across the Severn bridge.
"It is a little embarrassing," said Charlton Chumley-Smythe, personal aide to the Prince's butler's underwear-folder, "but nevertheless understandable. The couple's agenda is so full they are literally carried from one appointment to another." When asked why the blunder wasn't spotted sooner, Chumley-Smythe replied, "We did think the Duchess was somewhat quiet, but put that down to her Royal monthlies. As for the Prince, well, to be honest, no one noticed the difference."
Adoring fans of the Royal couple were not so easily fooled either. Dai Tryin, 47, said, "I knew something was up when Wills started speaking. There was this crackly noise which wasn't just down to a faulty mic. It was almost as if someone were messing with the sound so that the voice itself was unrecognisable. Oh, and his lips weren't moving either."