Queen joins the Cabinet... for one day

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THE COALITION Cabinet will be on its best behaviour today as it keeps a royal appointment.

The Prime Minister has invited the Queen to sit in on this morning’s Cabinet meeting as an observer, becoming the first reigning monarch to do so since Queen Victoria.

Ministers will present Her Majesty with a gift to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

“Ministers will be excited but minding their Ps and Qs even more than normal,” energy secretary Ed Davey said.

The Queen will be present for half an hour of the weekly meeting. The trip to Downing Street comes just days after the head of state visited the Bank of England, when she grilled an economist on “lax” rules that he said led to the financial crisis.

The monarch holds the right to consult, encourage and warn politicians.