You Couldn’t Make It Up Department (7): Selection by Prick
From the Court Circular, The Times, 23 March 2005:
Her Majesty held a Council at 5.30pm.
At the Council The Queen pricked the List of High Sheriffs for the Counties of England (other than Cornwall and those in the Duchy of Lancaster) and Wales.
After the Council, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP had an audience of The Queen when Her Majesty pricked the List of High Sheriffs for the Counties of the Duchy of Lancaster.
More fun for Alan Milburn, I suppose, than running the Labour Party’s embarrassing election campaign. Perhaps Her Majesty could be persuaded to prick the national electoral register to select the members of the next parliament?
Now, now. No amusing plays on words, thank you.