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[VIDEO] Queen dodges sword at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   April 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM   |   Comments

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April 18 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth may be getting up there in years, but her reflexes are as sharp as ever.

The 87-year-old monarch attended the funeral of former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher Wednesday with Prince Philip when she had a bit of a close shave with a ceremonial sword.

The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, greeted the royal couple and then turned to lead them toward the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Gifford had a ceremonial sword, the official state Mourning Sword, strapped to his hip, and the blade slashed through the air just inches from the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth seemed a bit startled, but Prince Philip's grin is priceless.

(No British royal has been executed since James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and the illegitimate son of King Charles II, attempted a coup against King James II in 1685.)

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