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The BBC's Paul Kerley
"Officials say it was a police matter and nothing to do with the Palace"
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Sunday, 11 June, 2000, 03:37 GMT 04:37 UK
Cannabis found in Palace kitchen
Buckingham Palace
Police raided kitchens at Buckingham Palace
Cannabis leaves have been discovered in the Queen's kitchen at Buckingham Palace, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Cannabis plant
A minute quantity of cannabis was found
Police raided the kitchen of the Palace in the early hours of Saturday morning, finding a small quantity of cannabis.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "A very small quantity of a cannabis plant was discovered and has been taken away by police for examination.

"The amount involved is minute and probably not useable.

"There have been no arrests and it is uncertain whether there will any further action taken."

Queen Elizabeth
The Queen has demanded a search for the culprit
The News of the World newspaper says the alert was raised by a member of the Palace staff, who tipped off the Royalty Protection Squad.

A Royal source tells the paper that a furious Queen has demanded a full search for the culprit.

Buckingham Palace has refused to comment on the discovery.

A spokeswoman said: "It is a police matter and nothing to do with us."

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