Britain’s queen “purred” with happiness when told of Scotland’s decision to stay within the United Kingdom, it’s emerged.
Prime Minister David Cameron revealed his conversation with the monarch in remarks made to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, which were accidentally picked up by television crews.
The revelation provides a rare insight into the views of Queen Elizabeth II, who is a symbolic head of state and famously above politics.
“She purred down the line. I’ve never heard someone so happy,” said Cameron, according to BBC and Sky News.
Cameron, whose Conservative Party campaigned for Scotland to remain part of the UK, revealed he was frustrated with pollsters who suggested the outcome would be tighter than it turned out to be.
“It should never have been that close. It wasn’t in the end, but there was a time in the middle of the campaign when it felt…,” said Cameron, the microphones failing to pick up the rest of his sentence.
“I’ve said I want to find these polling companies and I want to sue them for my stomach ulcers because of what they put me through, you know. It was very nervous.”
Cameron’s office and Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the remarks.
The Queen said publicly after the vote she was sure Scots would be able to come together in a spirit of mutual respect after the divisions of their independence referendum.