MP Penny Mordaunt and she has revealed that she plied herself with painkillers to soldier through carrying the sword at the Coronation of King Charles.
Mordaunt won the plaudits of thousands of people online after holding up ceremonial swords for over an hour – only to be given another one after about a 10-second break.
As Lord President of the Council – a role previously held by the likes of Mark Spencer, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Mel Stride and Andrea Leadsom – the Tory MP, 50, was responsible for bearing The Sword of State and presenting The Jewelled Sword of Offering to the King.
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She held the former sword, which weights 3.6kg, from the very start of the ceremony for the best part of an hour.
Speaking to the BBC she said: "I did take a couple of painkillers before just to make sure I was going to be alright", adding that 'practice', 'a good breakfast', and 'comfortable shoes' also helped her.
She added that 'wriggling my toes' improved circulation and said: "I was not in the gym for six months prior to this, [but] you want to make sure you are in good nick."
The MP added that she had been 'doing some press-ups' beforehand, as well as practising with a weighted replica.
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In a rare show of solidarity from across the political floor, Labour MP Emily Thornberry tweeted: “Got to say it, @PennyMordaunt looks damn fine!
“The sword bearer steals the show.”
Writer Caitlin Moran added: “Penny Mordaunt’s sword is the Pippa Middleton’s Bum' of the Coronation.”
The comment referred to when Kate Middleton's sister's backside became a larger talking point then her actual wedding to Prince William in 2011.
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