A bizarre set of coincidences lead to one of the more unusual highlights of Pope Benedict's visit to the UK. Fortunately, no one was hurt though.
As the Popemobile was approaching the junction just outside Buckingham Palace, it was met on one side by a water tanker coming from the opposite direction and a delivery van which had just left the Queens residence with a consignment of tiny Styrofoam balls, used in packing.
The three vehicles were unable to avoid each other and a collision ensued. The Styrofoam van accidentally side-swiped the glass walled chariot and disgorged its contents into the open top of the popes see through container, followed quickly by the water tanker on the opposite side which leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral water into the same pope filled tank.
One astonished bystander said "it all happened so quickly there was nothing anyone could have done, but it did look lovely though" Apparently the pope was left floating for a few moments, suspended in the aqueous solution as the Styrofoam balls started to descend through the water around him, giving the whole scene an almost Christmassy feel.
Unfortunately there were no media present and none of the incident was caught on film but according to onlookers the Popemobile was transformed into a giant snow globe that had just been given a good shake, with Gods' representative on earth taking centre stage as the fake snow fell all around him.
The living diorama was then dismantled as quickly as it had appeared, by security officials, who obviously have no love of beauty, in an effort to save the pope.