Most people are on their best behaviour when visiting Buckingham Palace, but not Sir Ian McKellen.
The 79-year-old appears on Friday’s “Graham Norton Show” and tells the host about the time he got into trouble with the police during a Palace visit.
McKellen explains, “I was doing a concert at Buckingham Palace and was given a dressing room right next to the balcony and decided to have a fag on it.
“I was standing out there smoking with a view of The Mall when there was a searchlight on me and a policeman down below shouted up, ‘Sir Ian, don’t forget you’re in Buckingham Palace!’
“Six months later I was there to get a medal and as I walked through the gate with a friend the same policeman said, ‘Not you two again!'”
That wasn’t the only time McKellen got into mischief at the Queen’s home, with him also recalling the time he and Dame Judi Dench sat on Her Majesty’s throne.
He shares, “Judi Dench and I were once at a dinner at Buckingham Palace. Once the banquet was over we followed music into another room that looked vaguely familiar.
“We were dancing around when we realized it was the throne room. There was no one else there and no sign of the thrones so we went in search and when we found them behind a screen, we sat on them! Buckingham Palace brings out the worst in you.”