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  Queen goes quackers at bath time
Updated 05 October 2001, 13.01
Rubber Ducks
You'd think bath time at Buckingham Palace would be a regal affair, but apparently the Queen splashes about in the tub with a rubber duck.

A workman was redecorating the Queen's bathroom walls when he spotted the royal companion:

'Inflatable crown'

"I nearly fell off my ladder when I saw it - but at least it shows the Queen has a good sense of humour".

Fact File
Rubber Ducky Facts
29,000 rubber ducks accidentally fell off a tanker in 1992 in the Pacific Ocean
They are actually made out of plastic, not rubber
1,000 rubber ducks take part in a marathon in Stockbridge, Scotland every year
The decorator told the Sun newspaper that the rubber duck was wearing "a comical inflatable crown" perched on its head.

Rubber fish

It is thought the toy is possibly a gift from one of her grandchildren.

The Queen is also known to be a fan of the singing rubber fish called "Big Mouth Billy Bass", which she has in pride of place on the piano at her Scottish highland retreat Balmoral.

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