The annual Trooping the Colour in London was abandoned halfway through the event this morning, when Her Majesty the Queen yawned, and swallowed a fly.
With the sun shining bright and a large crowd gathered around Horseguards Parade, things had been going very smoothly, if a little slowly, when, at exactly 11.14am, Her Majesty gave her husband the Duke of Edinburgh a slight sideways glance, and tried to stifle a huge yawn.
Despite her best efforts, however, the yawn broke free, and emitted a drone so loud, it could be heard by the massed ranks of peons all the way across the parade ground. The Queen then made a choking sound, and aides quickly rushed her to a waiting carriage. She was then ushered back to Buckingham Palace where a fly was removed from her throat. The Trooping was abandoned as a bad job.
Palace officials confirmed later that the Queen did, indeed, find the parade boring, and had done for many years. They claimed though, that, had it not been for the invasion of the fly, Her Majesty would have seen it though to its bitter conclusion.