Under the thirty year rule, secret government papers have been released today showing that in the summer of 1977 it was proposed to overthrow the Queen and replace her with TV cook, Fanny Craddock.
The startling news is set to rock Westminster to its very foundations and will cause some red faces too, particularly among those few politicians still remaining from the days of Jim Callaghan's government.
Historian, Sacha Distel, tells us:
"Well of course at that time the Monarchy was going through a rough patch and was seen to be in need of an overhaul. And who better than Fanny to take over? She certainly regarded herself as the Queen.
"Mind you, Craddock was under threat herself from Delia (Smith) but I think that it's safe to say that she still held the real power. Anyhow nothing ever happened, as of course, somebody at the Palace realised that 1977 was the Queen's jubilee year and that replacing her Majesty with a TV cook wouldn't have played too well in the Shires"
The Spoof understands that in the end 1978 saw Craddock losing her TV stranglehold and there was really no appetite to go through with the plan. Smith was mooted as a possible replacement for a short while but it was felt that she lacked the maturity and rudeness of Fanny.
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