'That's what I said!’ Naga Munchetty left red-faced as Jon Kay probes Latin translation

Naga Munchetty hosted BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning alongside Jon Kay. On the programme, the presenters shared news of a new medal with viewers. They detailed the plans for a new Platinum Jubilee medal. However, Naga was left struggling when Jon pushed her to translate the medal’s Latin inscription.

Jon introduced the news story, telling viewers: “The design has been revealed this morning for the Platinum Jubilee medal.”

He explained the medal is going to be awarded next year to mark the Queen’s 70 year reign.

“70 years!” Naga remarked, before continuing with the details of the story.

She explained: “It features a portrait of the Queen with a Latin inscription, and on the back is the royal crest.

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“The medals will be awarded to living recipients of the Victoria and George crosses, as well as members of the emergency and prison services and the armed forces,” she added.

“That Latin inscription… you said you’d done Latin at school,” Jon said to his co-star.

“Yes, I also said I only remembered about three things,” Naga replied.

Jon decided to put his co-host’s knowledge to the test, saying: “Well okay, let’s see what you can remember.

John laughed at his co-star’s failure, joking: “Two beers please!”

However, he went on to reveal what the inscription actually meant: “No, it says ‘By the grace of God, Queen, defender of the faith’.”

“That’s what I said,” Naga exclaimed, joking she was right all along.

The medal, which is designed by Timothy Noad from the College Of Arms, is made of nickel silver and features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen.

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