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POSTED | 17:42 PM | 19-04-2015

Buckingham Palace tells politicians to back off

Officials at Buckingham Palace are warning that the Queen must not be dragged into political wrangling after the general election amid fears that David Cameron or Ed Miliband might attempt to use her as a “prop” to “legitimize” a government that lacks a majority.

Sources close to the Royal Household said on Saturday night that neither leader should approach the Queen to form a government until they are sure they can command the confidence of the House of Commons, reported The Sunday Times.

With a hung parliament on the cards, courtiers are concerned that either leader could ambush the Queen with an attempt to rule as a minority government and “borrow her support” to cement their claims to power.

The concerns arose when palace aides recently held a series of war-gaming sessions, conducting “due diligence” on how the Queen should respond to various different outcome after the poll on May 7, said the paper.

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