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Coronation Roll

by | 20th, August 2004

‘WHEN Denise Van Outen admitted to stealing an ashtray from Buckingham Palace, the papers reacted with shock and indignation.

An artist’s impression on the suspect

Why, they asked, hadn’t the ashtray gone the way of so many other Royal freebies and been fenced to raise money to pay off the Queen Mum’s gambling debts?

And how was it that Van Outen got her grubby little paws on it without one of the undercover reporters who make up the Queen’s household noticing?

But as files released at the National Archives yesterday show, pinching stuff from the Queen has been going on for as long as she has been in the job.

The Telegraph says that at a time when austerity

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