LONDON - George W Bush was given a frosty reception at Buckingham Palace last night - after the US president mistook the Queen for her late mother.
An inside source confirmed that when Mr Bush and his wife Laura were welcomed by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace reception room, the president warmly grabbed the Queen's hand and said: "Ma'am, I'd never in my life believe you were 103. But where is your charming daughter?"
A US Presidential aide tried to defend Mr Bush's embarrassing faux pas.
"The President simply had no idea the Queen Mother died last year," he insisted. "And anyone can see that there is a striking resemblance between mother and daughter."
Buckingham Palace is remaining tight-lipped over the affair although one royal official confirmed that the Queen had not dined that night with her guests because of a "headache".
Better news for Mr Bush is that Prince Philip appears not to be concerned over the incident.
"It was an honest mistake that anyone could have made, Georgie has wholeheartedly apologised and as far as I'm concerned that's the end of it," he commented. "And anyway, Lizzie is starting to sag a bit these days."