09:08AM, Friday 25 November 2016
An 'unfortunate' mistake saw delegates from Coburg in Germany who were delivering a gift for the Queen in Windsor issued with parking tickets.
A 40ft Christmas tree was gifted to the Royal Borough for the monarch’s 90th birthday by the German town, the birthplace of Queen Victoria’s consort Prince Albert.
The tree was delivered to the town centre and put up in Castle Hill near the Queen Victoria statue on Wednesday, November 16.
On Saturday morning, when the team was back in the town to work on the tree ahead of the official unveiling that evening, two vehicles were given parking tickets.
One minibus with the slogan ‘Christmas tree express for the Queen’ was given a ticket when unloading outside the Harte and Garter Hotel.
A Mini was also given a ticket in the Alma Road coach park.
It had a ‘Christmas tree for the Queen’ slogan on the bonnet in German displayed underneath a profile of the Queen’s head.
The tickets have now been cancelled by the council. Town manager Paul Roach described the incident as ‘unfortunate’.
He said: “I have spoken to colleagues in Germany and they are aware of the circumstances and that the guys were just doing their job.”
The Royal Borough apologised for the blunder and withdrew the penalty notices ‘soon after’ they were issued. A spokesman said: “Two vehicles connected with the Coburg delegation were mistakenly given penalty charge notices.
“The notices were cancelled as soon as it was brought to our attention that the vehicles had not breached parking permissions and the delegation were very understanding and have accepted our apologies.”
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