Queen Tells Gay Drummers To Beat It

And I always thought Her Majesty liked drummers! (Though not as much as pipers.) The BBC reports: ‘Dame Helen Mirren yelled at a group of street drummers to be quiet while still dressed in her stage costume as Queen Elizabeth II, it has emerged. [Video footage here.] The incident took place in London on Saturday after a parade promoting a gay and transgender festival paused on Rupert Street, but continued to drum. Dame Helen, on stage in “The Audience” at the nearby Gielgud Theatre, eventually emerged in full costume. She says she used “‘thespian’ words” to tell them to be quiet.’ According to Mark McKenzie, who organized the parade, “Not much shocks you on the gay scene. But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade – that’s a new one.” Thanks to Rex Okpodu for alerting me to this story.

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