Penny Mordaunt acting as sword bearer
Millions of people watched King Charles III’s Coronation yesterday and many were left thinking the same thing about Penny Mordaunt. She played a significant role in the ceremony in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla, but viewers were left in stitches.
The 50-year-old, who is also Leader of the House of Commons, took part in the Coronation in her role as Lord President of the Privy Council, wearing a striking custom-made teal outfit with a matching cape and headband.
But it was the addition of the gold feather-like embroidery on her shoulders and the front of her headband that royal fans couldn’t see past.
Many joked that she was the walking embodiment of the Poundland logo.
Twitter user FrankChickens mocked up a picture of the logo below an image of the Conservative MP from Westminster Abbey.
And it went down very well on the social media site with more than 4,430 likes, 1,100 retweets and 120 quotes.
Mrs R tweeted: “She looked magnificent and was magnificent.”
Showing their knowledge of some of the products sometimes found in Poundland, Vox Populi commented: “Disappointing we only got to see #PoundlandPenny from the front, because I heard she had: ‘5 Pack Walker’s Monster Munch pickled onion flavour – only £1 8 Pack Snickers Snacksize – only £2’ and ‘There’s a Poundland open Coronation weekend near you!’ written across her butt.”
With a winking emoji, Geotrius asked: “Do they sell expensive swords?”
Eóghan Yonker joked: “In for a penny, in for a pound.”
And even people who might have not noticed the similarity between the outfit and the logo during the pomp and pageantry of yesterday could not unsee it once it had been pointed out to them.
Lady Bumbles tweeted: “Yes! Thank you! I thought it looked familiar, but couldn’t place it!!”
My Famous Feline wrote: “Now can’t unsee or unthink that!!”
Debz commented: “I thought she looked great until I saw this tweet! Now I can’t un-see it! “Hilarious!”
And HHwfcFAN was impressed, writing: “A fabulous woman, thinking of the little people on her special day. An example to us all.
“I got a lovely warm feeling watching her holding that big sword so strongly too. She’s a natural.”
As Lord President of the Council Ms Mordaunt was responsible for bearing The Sword of State and presenting The Jewelled Sword of Offering to the King – the first time it has been carried and presented by a woman.
She held and carried the pieces for more than an hour at yesterday’s service at Westminster Abbey.
And talking about her preparations to carry the historic objects, she said she had been doing press-ups and practising in rehearsals with weighted replicas.
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Speaking to The Times’s Red Box Politics podcast ahead of the ceremony, Ms Mordaunt said: “The Lord President of the Council is really the chairman of the King’s Privy Council.
“It used to be the executive for the King, and it still does a lot of business and it’s an important part of our constitution and the authority that we have in Parliament.
“On the day I am representing the King’s authority, and I am going to be doing a number of things.
“One of them will be carrying the Sword of State which is the heaviest sword so I’ve been doing some press-ups to train for that.
“It has to be carried at right angles to the body, hence the need to do press-ups.
“It’s pointing upwards, holding out in front of you, for some time.”
Asked if she was able to practice with the real thing, she said: “We get to practise with some replicas which are weighted.”
On whether her Navy experience was coming in handy, Ms Mordaunt added: “It is, especially standing for long periods of time not fainting.”
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