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'Very interested' Queen could have had famous UK monster named after her

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Sir Peter Scott, a conservationist and founder of WWT, was tasked with investigating the existence of the Loch Ness monster in the early 1960s. Back then, according to the scientist’s archive at Cambridge University, the Queen was “very interested” in the existence of the sea creature.

The Queen also asked the founder of WWT to send her updates on his investigation.

To the extent that Sir Peter Scott sent a letter to Her Majesty, asking for permission to re-name the monster after her.

He later received an answer from Martin Charteris, the Queen’s then private secretary.

Mr Charteris wrote that “absolutely irrefutable evidence” of the monster was required to give it the Queen’s name.

He said: “It would be most regrettable to connect Her Majesty in any way with something which ultimately turned out to be a hoax.

“Even if the animal does prove to exist, I am not at all sure that it will be generally very appropriate to name it after Her Majesty since it has for so many years been known as ‘The Monster.'”

He added that it would be a “great day in the zoological world if it can be proved that a hitherto unknown animal exists”.

“Her Majesty has seen your letter and was very interested in its contents, and I hope that you will keep us in touch with the progress of your investigations.”

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He refuted the Telegraph’s assumption and quipped that the letters could also be read as an anagram for, “Yes, both pix are monsters, R.”

When Buckingham Palace was asked in 2015 if the monarch continued to take an interest, a spokesman said: “Her Majesty has seen many things in her life, but there are currently no plans for an Audience with the Loch Ness Monster.”



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