Queen reduced to giggles by '17th century' military officer

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The Queen was reduced to a fit of giggles when a ''17th century'' military officer clad in armour had a little trouble sitting down next to her.

When Major Paul Champness, Captain of the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers of the Honourable Artillery Company, tried to take his seat next to the Queen, his metal thigh protectors - known as tassetts - brushed against her.

Wearing a breast plate and helmet he squeezed himself between the head of state and the Duke of Edinburgh and wriggled to create some space which left the Queen laughing at their predicament.

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