"Met the queen today, she has very posh toilets!" tweeted British Olympic medalist Gemma Gibbons as she breaks Royal protocol by posting a photo of the Queen's lavatory, or rather, loo – as the British would say – at Buckingham Palace.
An invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen provided the Olympic judo athlete with an opportunity to visit the royal toilets. According to the Daily Mail, she was invited to a reception the Queen hosted for Paralympians and Olympians on October 23.
Her Majesty invited the athletes to say thank you for their brilliant performances at the last London Games. During the visit, 25-year-old Gibbons snapped the royal toilet and shared the photo with her 29,000 Twitter followers.
The Evening Standard reports she tweeted: “Met the Queen today, she has very posh toilets! #howtheroyalspee."
The Daily Mail reports the photo shows "a dark brown wooden bench, plush red carpet and an upholstered green and gold chair."
According to the Evening Standard, Gibbons said she was very excited to meet the Queen. She said: "It was a great experience. It was my first Olympics so my first time I could go to Buckingham Palace. It’s very nice inside. It was definitely an experience to get to go in and very nice to mix with the other Olympians. It was lovely to meet the Queen – we did have a couple of words."
Gemma Gibbons, Royal toilet
Gibbons was not the only athlete who tweeted about the visit to Buckingham Palace. More than 200 Olympic athletes attended the reception.
The Evening Standard reports that Sophie Hosking, gold medalist in the women’s lightweight double skull, said: “It was amazing. It was probably one of the best things we have done off the back of the Games. I met Prince Philip and Kate Middleton and some of the ladies-in-waiting, which was interesting. It was really nice and a real honour to be asked.”
Paralympic swimming gold medalist Ellie Simmonds, tweeted: "1st Stop – Buckingham Palace! #superexcited."
Bronze medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle, told the Evening Standard: “You think of her as the Queen but she’s like any other parent or grandparent who has got someone there taking part. She knows how nerve-wracking it is. She is just like my parents who worry about me.”