The Queen of England was riding in her four horse carriage through the streets of London, headed towards Parliament. Soon she noticed Lord Ashton running along the sidewalk carrying his briefcase and with a somewhat concerned look on his face.
The Queen said to the driver of the carriage: “That’s Lord Ashton. He’s late for Parliament and we’re headed there. Pull over and give him a lift.”
When the carriage pulled over they invited Lord Ashton in, Ashton thanked her profusely. He was concerned because he was to have the opening speech at Parliament and he was late.
But as they drove along a terrible odor enveloped the carriage and hung like the pallor of death in the cabin. After a few minutes the Queen could not ignore it any longer. She said to Ashton: “I am terribly sorry, Lord Ashton. This is so embarrassing. I offer you this ride and now this horrible odor.”
Lord Ashton replied: “That’s okay, Your Majesty. But if you hadn’t said anything, I would have thought it was the horses.”
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