Magic Mushrooms Found Growing in Buckingham Palace Grounds

By Gerald Lynch on at

It might actually be worth watching the Queen's speech this Christmas, if Her Royal Highness has been dining out on Buckingham Palace's own produce at least: magic mushrooms have been found growing in the Queen's back garden.

It was TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh who made the discovery whilst filming ITV's The Queen's Garden (an ITV Christmas special), according to The Sun newspaper. The fly agaric mushrooms that were found, known for their hallucinogenic properties, are relatively common, and are thought to have grown naturally as opposed to having been planted. However, it's not the best high to munch down on -- its depressant qualities can deflate those that consume it. Oh, and it's mildly poisonous, which (very rarely) leads to death.

"There are several hundred fungi species in the palace garden, including a small number of naturally occurring fly agaric mushroom," said a palace spokesperson.

"As the programme explains, they are beneficial to trees, increasing their ability to take in nutrients."

Officials have stressed that the fungi are not used in the palace kitchens however, so there's still no explanation as to why old Phil the Duke of Edinburgh comes out with the things he does.

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