34. British journalism's greatest ever scoops: 'Intruder at the Palace' (Daily Mirror, Ryan Parry, 2003)

Mirror graduate trainee Ryan Parry spent two months working undercover as a royal footman in what the paper described as “the biggest royal security scandal ever”.

As well as making a mockery of the £10m security arrangements surrounding the visit of US president George Bush, the nation was riveted by details Parry revealed about the domestic arrangements of the Queen and Prince Philip, including their penchant for Tupperware and eating their breakfast while listening to Radio 2.

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