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Clare Balding recalls the moment she almost hit the Queen with a sausage

“She raised an eyebrow!” Clare Balding recalls the moment she nearly punched the queen during a chaotic royal breakfast with the late monarch

  • The presenter has a longstanding relationship with the Royal Family through her grandfather, Peter Hastings-Bass, and uncle, the 17th Earl of Huntingdon
  • Her connection to the British monarchy has led to countless encounters with Her Majesty, but one stands out for all the wrong reasons
  • Balding appeared on Wednesday’s This Morning and recalled the moment she nearly hit the Queen with a sausage over breakfast.

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Clare Balding admits she was short on breakfast after she suffered a nightmare blunder during one of her many encounters with Her Majesty The Queen.

The presenter has a longstanding relationship with the Royal Family through her grandfather, Peter Hastings-Bass, and uncle, the 17th Earl of Huntingdon, with both being trainers for the Queen’s horse troupe.

Her connection to the British monarchy has led to numerous encounters with Her Majesty – who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96 – but such an engagement stands out for all the wrong reasons.

Awkward: Clare Balding admits she was short on breakfast sausage after suffering a nightmare blunder during one of her many meetings with Her Majesty The Queen

Awkward: Clare Balding admits she was short on breakfast sausage after suffering a nightmare blunder during one of her many meetings with Her Majesty The Queen

Appearing on Wednesday’s This Morning, 51-year-old Balding recalled the moment when her unconventional attempt to cut a sausage in front of the monarch nearly ended in disaster.

She said, ‘I tried to cut my sausage long and it’s very slippery when you hold it like that. And it could shoot and it did. It shot toward the queen. She raised an eyebrow.’

When he appeared on the show reflecting on Her Majesty’s passing and the bleak procession from her coffin to Westminster, Balding admitted that the Queen soon cleared up the gaffe – much to her relief.

Connected: The presenter has a long relationship with the Royal Family through her grandfather and uncle, with both serving as trainers for the Queen's horse troupe

Connected: The presenter has a long relationship with the Royal Family through her grandfather and uncle, with both serving as trainers for the Queen's horse troupe

Connected: The presenter has a long relationship with the Royal Family through her grandfather and uncle, with both serving as trainers for the Queen’s horse troupe

Close: Her connection to the British monarchy has led to numerous encounters with Her Majesty - who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96

Close: Her connection to the British monarchy has led to numerous encounters with Her Majesty - who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96

Close: Her connection to the British monarchy has led to numerous encounters with Her Majesty – who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96

“But as we’ve discussed, and as you know by now, if things go wrong that made her amused because everyone is trying so hard to make things go right, you’re very likely to make a mistake.

“As a queen, it helps that she has a sense of humor.”

The incident, which took place during Balding’s teenage years, was one of several encounters with the Queen, who often visited her childhood home.

Fiasco: Balding appeared on Wednesday this morning and recalled the moment when her unconventional attempt to cut a sausage in front of the frost nearly ended in disaster

Fiasco: Balding appeared on Wednesday this morning and recalled the moment when her unconventional attempt to cut a sausage in front of the frost nearly ended in disaster

Fiasco: Balding appeared on Wednesday this morning and recalled the moment when her unconventional attempt to cut a sausage in front of the frost nearly ended in disaster

Reflecting on their connection in 2017, she said: “My dad trained for The Queen, so when she was growing up, she came to see the horses… about once a year and sometimes he forgot to tell us The Queen was coming.

“So you’d have that situation where you came back to the house, the queen was there for breakfast, that was really strange.

“She loved coming to the stables because it was the only place where it didn’t smell like fresh paint, it smelled like horses, life goes on.”