A new book has revealed a jeweller tripped over one of the Queen’s corgis during an appointment at Buckingham Palace.
In her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: the Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Her Majesty’s dress, Angela Kelly, tells the story of Harry Collins of G Collins & Sons in Tunbridge Wells taking a tumble in front of the Queen.
Kelly and Collins were at the Palace together delivering a brooch that Collins had designed for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday.
Unfortunately, the visit ended up being memorable for the wrong reasons.
Recalling the memory from 2000, Kelly writes: “Having read somewhere that where possible, one should not turn their back on The Queen, he proceeded to walk away backwards.
“Unfortunately, Mr Collins failed to notice Linnet, one of Her Majesty’s corgis, lying on the floor behind him.
“He tripped over Linnet and ended up next to the dog, lying spread-eagled on the carpet.”
Kelly says the jeweller was more concerned about the dog, than his own wellbeing.
She continues: “Terrified that he’d hurt one of The Queen’s dogs, Harry frantically rubbed Linnet’s chest, apologising profusely, but Her Majesty reassured Mr Collins and told him not to worry: it was not his fault as the corgis had a terrible habit of lying in the most awkward places.”
Harry Collins of Collins & Sons was appointed as Her Majesty the Queen’s Jeweller in 2000.
The Royal Warrant has taken pride of place on the shop front since it was appointed in 2005.
The role of Her Majesty the Queen’s Jeweller is to look after The Queen’s personal collection at Buckingham Palace. Harry Collins has his own workshop within the Palace dedicated to this purpose and still holds this appointment today, some 18 years on.