Air Force One arrives at Heathrow and President
Reagan strides from the plane to a warm and dignified reception from the Queen.
They are then driven in a 1934 Bentley to the edge
of central London where they change to a magnificent 17th century carriage hitched to six spirited white horses. They continue on towards Buckingham Palace waving to the thousands of cheering Britons; all is going well.
Suddenly the right rear horse lets fly with the most horrendous earth-shattering fart ever heard in the British Empire. The smell is atrocious! Both passengers in the carriage must use
handkerchiefs over their noses. The fart shakes the coach but the two heads of state do their best to ignore the incident.
The Queen turns to President Reagan : “Mr. President, please accept my regrets. I am sure you understand there are some things which even a queen cannot control.”
Reagan, always trying to be presidential,
replied : “Your Majesty, do not give the matter another thought. Until you mentioned it, I thought it was one of the horses.”