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The Queen 'purred' down the phone line after she was told Scotland voted against independence

By Andrew Woodcock

The Queen "purred" down the phone line after David Cameron informed her Scotland had not voted for independence, the Prime Minister accidentally revealed.

An indiscreet Mr Cameron was heard telling former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg of the relief he felt at not having to inform the Queen that Scotland had left the UK.

It appears a microphone was left on and caught the comments.

He smiled broadly as he recalled how he was able to tell her it was "all right" after the referendum resulted in victory for the No camp.

Mr Cameron said: "The definition of relief, if you are Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is ringing up Her Majesty the Queen and saying 'Your Majesty, it is all right, it's okay. That was something. She purred down the line."

He added: "But it should never have been that close. It wasn't in the end."

The PM went on: "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. They were very nervous moments."

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