Posted by Ahem on June 14, 2001 at 16:15:46:
The magazines were deposited in a cavity while the swastika was painted behind a seat panel. Both were discovered by workers when the car was being made bomb-proof in Coventry, according to newspaper reports.
The "factory extras" would not normally have been discovered except the Queen's car had several panels removed to allow for bomb-proofing, The Guardian said.
A worker at the Coventry plant, where the car was made, has agreed to resign over the incident, the paper said.
A Jaguar spokesman told Reuters that for security reasons the company did not comment on cars made for VIPs.
But a Jaguar employee told The Guardian: "It is one of those old traditions where people used to write things behind the seat panel of cars and they were never discovered unless there was an accident. But on this occasion it was not very funny."
The man said the tradition was common practice when he was an apprentice.
"The chaps go to an awful lot of trouble to do the car, they're there all day -- what else have they got to do?"
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said it was for Jaguar not the palace to comment.
Sending royalty secret messages does not always result in a sacking. British bad boy of fashion Alexander McQueen claimed he scrawled "McQueen Woz Ere" in the lining of a jacket for royal heir Prince Charles when he worked as a tailor.
Since then the prince has presented McQueen with a top fashion award and the pair were photographed together at a fashion event this week.