Royal streaker fired for running naked past the Queen's car was reinstated after she accepted his apology
Brynn Read felt ‘shock and sadness’ over the death of a ‘sweet lady’ and expressed sympathy for the family members
NEWCASTLE, UK: Brynn Reed, the man who stunned everyone by running naked in front of the Queen remembers how her Majesty had forgiven him. The incident took place in 2002, during the Queen Elizabeth II Newcastle visit, marking her Golden Jubilee tour. The streaker had the words ‘Rude Britannia’ written on his back and past her Rolls-Royce car. She visited Newcastle to unveil a monument to Cardinal Basil Hulme in May 2002.
Read, then 27, was immediately taken down and covered with clothes by the guards as the shocking retirees and children watched the episode. The man expressed ‘shock and sadness’ over the death of a ‘sweet lady’. Read, who worked as a civil servant, almost lost his job after being fired immediately after his stunt. He was given 12 months’ probation from Newcastle Magistrates after ‘pleading guilty to indecent exposure.’ However, after sending an apology letter to the Queen and its acceptance, he was reinstated in his job.
The letter from Buckingham Palace was signed by Deborah Bean, chief correspondent’s officer, and read, “Thank you for your letter to the Queen of 26 May apologizing for your conduct during Her Majesty’s visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne last month. I am writing to say that your apology has been accepted. Yours sincerely, Ms Deborah Bean Chief Correspondence Officer."
On the Queen's death, Read said, “It was a bit of a shock when I found out. I was at the beach and someone told me she was a little sick. I was suspicious at first when a stranger on a beach told me the news.” He added, “It’s sad news. There was so much uncertainty about her health. She was a nice person. A lovely lady has just passed away. I am sad for the family. I fully sympathize with their loss. I’ve had relatives who have died and that’s hard.”
Queen Elizabeth II, 96, passed as the UK’s longest serving monarch at Balmoral after being on the throne for 70 years. Her son, Prince of Wales Charles, was sworn in as the new King of the state.