Security is being reviewed at Buckingham Palace after last Monday's suspected break-in, in which an intruder was able to scale a fence and get inside the palace. Police said a man was arrested inside the palace on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage. The royal family were not in residence at the time. Full story >>
The cartoon, by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express, shows the Queen coming face to face with a burglar in Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty asks the intruder, "And what do you do?"
There are two jokes here. Firstly, it's obvious what the burglar does (for a living) since he's represents the burglar stereotype: unshaven, wearing a mask, gloves, and striped jersey, and carrying a bag marked "SWAG". The second joke is less obvious. In fact, "And what do you do?" is the question the Queen traditionally asks when she meets members of the public (see here and here).
"What do you do?" means "What's your job?". Not to be confused with "What are you doing?", which relates to what the other person is doing at this particular moment (and which would have been a more logical question in the circumstances!).
1. A burglar is a person who enters a building illegally in order to steal. • Burglars broke into the gallery and stole dozens of priceless paintings.
2. Swag is an old-fashioned informal word for goods that have been stolen.