MPs laugh as Theresa May shares story about cheese mishap at picnic with the Queen

Watch: Theresa May shares story about cheese mishap at picnic with the Queen

This is the moment the entire House of Commons bursts into laughter at former prime minister Theresa May's anecdote about the Queen and some dropped cheese.

May, now a backbencher, was today one of the MPs to pay tribute to the Queen following her death aged 96 on Thursday.

Introducing her story, the Maidenhead MP said: “Her Majesty loved the countryside, and she was down to earth and a woman of common sense.

“I remember one picnic at Balmoral, which was taking place in one of the bothies on the estate. The hampers came from the castle, and we all mucked in to put the food and drink out on the table.

TOPSHOT - The new leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May (L) kneels as she is greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) at the start of an audience in Buckingham Palace in central London on July 13, 2016 where the Queen invited the former Home Secretary to become Prime Minister and form a new government. - Theresa May became Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Theresa May, pictured with the Queen upon becoming prime minister in 2016, held weekly audiences with Her Majesty for three years. (AFP via Getty Images)
File photo dated 19/04/2018 of Prime Minister Theresa May with Queen Elizabeth II at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London. The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon, Buckingham Palace has announced. Issue date: Thursday September 8, 2022.
Theresa May with the Queen in April 2018. (PA)

“I picked up some cheese, put it on a plate and was transferring it to the table. The cheese fell on the floor. I had a split-second decision to make.”

Mrs May paused as MPs laughed, before adding: “I picked up the cheese, put it on the plate and put it on the table. I turned round to see that my every move had been watched very carefully by Her Majesty the Queen.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May reading a tribute out in the House of Commons, London following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2022.
Former prime minister Theresa May reading a tribute out in the House of Commons following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. (PA)

“I looked at her. She looked at me and she just smiled. And the cheese remained on the table.”

May, who as PM between 2016 and 2019 held weekly audiences with the Queen, said she was "quite simply the most remarkable person I have ever met”.

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“These were not meetings with a high and mighty monarch, but a conversation with a woman of experience and knowledge and immense wisdom. They were also the one meeting I went to which I knew would not be briefed out to the media.”

The comment was also met with laughter by MPs, before May added: “What made those audiences so special was the understanding the Queen had of issues which came from the work she put into her red boxes, combined with her years of experience.”