U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was readying himself for might be one of his most apologetic phone calls to the Queen on Wednesday, when he was caught describing the 88-year-old great-grandmother as "purring down the line."
In a conversation with Michael Bloomberg, picked up by microphones, Cameron was caught telling the former New York mayor how pleased the Queen was that Scotland had voted to stay part of the United Kingdom.
While U.K. Prime Ministers have regular conversations with the Queen, they are normally shrouded in secrecy. The Queen is supposed to be impartial and show no favouritism, so any comment made to a politician should be strictly confidential.
Cameron is not alone among U.K. politicians in making a gaffe in the last 24 hours.