Royal protocol is that new Privy Councillors kneel before the Queen and lightly kiss her hand, and there was concern staunch Republican Corbyn wouldn’t play ball.
While the exact details of the swearing-in remain a secret, it is understood that Her Majesty’s light-hearted remark led to Corbyn and his tongue complying with the spirit, rather than the exact letter, of the protocol in a way that evidently met with the Queen’s satisfaction.
The Queen privately acknowledged that the ceremony had gone better than expected. “Jeremy was much better than Cameron and Osborne; Tories only seem interested in kissing one’s arse.”
“One can’t wait for next month’s meeting when one hopes to see Mr Corbynlingus again.”