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Dame Kelly Holmes confessed she tried to break royal protocol when she collected her damehood back in 2005.
Troublemaker Dame Kelly sent palace staff into a panic after she said she wanted to kneel in front of Queen Elizabeth II, as those who are knighted do.
The 53-year-old told her fellow Loose Women stars on Thursday’s programme that she had teased palace staff that she wanted to kneel to be given her honour – which is against the royal rules.
‘Getting a damehood is the equivalent to getting a sir,’ she started, ‘What’s the first thing you think about being knighted?’
Immediately the panel said ‘swords’, and let out a gasp as Dame Kelly said: ‘Women don’t get swords.’
‘Women don’t get it, you’re not allowed to kneel down in front of the queen,’ she explained.
The double Olympic gold medalist became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on Wednesday, March 9 2005, but her rebellious nature shined through.
Feeling a little bit mischievous, Dame Kelly decided she wanted to kneel – much to the horror of the man guiding her through Buckingham Palace.
‘Well I wasn’t happy,’ she laughed, ‘So I had this guy on the entire time, this general through the whole of Buckingham Palace – which is huge – that I was going to kneel down for the Queen.’
She joked that he was panicked and hyperventilating at the possibility of her breaking royal protocol.
Dame Kelly said as her name got called to walk up to meet the Queen, she turned to the general and said: ‘Watch me.’
‘He was like, “Dame Kelly! No, no, no, no, no!” but I didn’t, clearly,’ the Olympian concluded.
While she did decide to curtsy, as is expected for women meeting a member of the Royal Family, the athlete was worried about toppling over as she isn’t used to high heels.
Luckily, she made it through the ceremony without any mishaps and the palace staff could breathe a sigh of relief.
Fellow panellist Denise Welch is no stranger to role protocol as she’s preparing to play a ‘camp’ and ‘fun’ version of Queen Elizabeth II in a new stage show.
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