Queen delayed by short red carpet

Posted on May 14, 2007 

Queen delayed by short red carpet

The Queen’s first appearance in the US for 16 years was delayed – because the red carpet was 15ft too short.

Five thousand cheering well-wishers in Capital Square, Richmond, Virginia, were told via a PA system: “The Queen has landed”.

But the Sun reports Her Majesty was stuck on the plane for 20 embarrassing minutes as workers struggled to join up the red carpet to the plane steps.

The problem was made worse when it was realised that the steps were too low to reach the aircraft door.

A royal equerry was seen at the open hatch, looking at his watch and waving.

The Duke of Edinburgh emerged, wondering what was taking so long – until members of the guard of honour sorted out the problems.

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