No action against Gemma Gibbons after tweeting photo of Buckingham Palace toilet

07:30 26 October 2012

Great Britain

Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons with her silver medal from the Women's 78kg Judo. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A photo of Queen Elizabeth’s toilet has been published online.

Gibbons' photo of the royal toiletsGibbons' photo of the royal toilets

Olympic silver medalist Gemma Gibbons broke royal protocol by tweeting a photo of the royal lavatories during a lavish Buckingham Palace reception to congratulate successful Paralympians and Olympians on their performances during the London 2012 Games.

The judo star tweeted: “Met the queen today, she has very posh toilets! #howtheroyalspee (sic).”

Gemma joked that she was worried about being “banged up” in the Tower of London for her sneaky photo, as guests were instructed not to use mobile phones at the palace.

She told MailOnline.co.uk: “I was delighted to have received an invitation to the palace and even managed to exchange a few words with the Queen. I couldn’t believe what [the toilets] were like when I saw them.

“There was carpet in them for a start. I have never seen anything so posh. I just took one look at them and thought ‘oh, what the hell’ and took a picture.

“I tweeted it without thinking, really, and I really hope that I’m not in trouble. It was such a lovely event that I wouldn’t want to end up in the Tower.”

However, a palace official insisted there was no problem and were glad the Olympians had enjoyed their visit - “wherever they might be in the palace”.

The Queen and her husband Prince Philip had welcomed senior figures including Prime Minister David Cameron to the Palace’s 18th Century Room before the arrival of the athletes, who were quick to express their delight at the glittering reception.

Double bronze medalist Rebecca Adlington later wrote: “Had an amazing time tonight at Buckingham Palace with all the medalists from the Olympics + Paralympics! So nice to see everyone again (sic)!”

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 12:50
The man fell from the top floor penthouse above Barclays Bank in West Hampstead (Picture via Google StreetView)

A man who reportedly fell to his death from a penthouse in Hampstead while naked has been indentified as a Harley Street doctor who ran a Botox clinic.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:10
Police are advising members of the public not to approach John McClintock and contact officers immediately if they see him (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 26-year-old man who absconded from a bail hostel in Richmond yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:17
The Isufi family, from left back, mum Meri, daughter Ramela, dad Erion, son Richard and youngest son Clive (front)

A vast gathering of friends and neighbours stood outside the Barking home of a family torn apart by a car crash to pay their tributes to them today.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more