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Pensioner accidentally threw away invitation to meet the Queen

Clifford Newton Photo: BPM

Pensioner Clifford Newton binned an invitation to meet the Queen because he thought the letter from Buckingham Palace was junk mail.

Sick and tired of the unsolicited mail that drops through his door each day, 88-year-old Clifford, screwed the letter up and put it in the bin.

If he had read it, he would have discovered that he is one of 91 men and 91 women nominated to be honoured at this year’s annual Maundy Money service.

The letter was from the Royal Almonry Office, inviting him to meet Her Majesty at Leicester Cathedral on April 13.

Clifford, who has one daughter and four grandchildren, only realised his mistake when he received a call from Buckingham Palace, asking why he had not RSVP’d.

Clifford Newton was given a replacement invitation Credit: BPM

Luckily, he was able to go to his local church where he was given a replacement invitation.

When the Palace rang I said, ‘You’re having me on!’

But then I did believe them – and I was able to sign the paperwork at my church, St Botolph’s.

All of this has taught me not to throw any of my mail away in future.

– Clifford Newton

Each year, the Queen presents purses of Maundy Money to people nominated in recognition of their service to the church and community.

Clifford, from Shepshed, Leicestershire, regularly visits St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School in Shepshed to listen to pupils read.

He also takes part in the Shepshed open garden event, which sees money raised go to deserving causes.

Clifford in a Leicestershire Tigers fan Credit: BPM

I’ve got to dress very smart.

I’d love to wear my Leicester Tigers shirt, though. I think the Queen would laugh.

– Clifford Newton

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