‘You can’t cheat then?’ – Queen shown self-service till on ‘supermarket’ visit

The Queen has asked if customers can fool modern technology to get away with cheaper shopping.

While being given a demonstration of a self-service supermarket till and its weighing scale system on Wednesday, the Queen asked: "You can't cheat then?"

She was also shown a new shopping app, which she called "an interesting tool".

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Queen Elizabeth II views goods on display in a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores during a visit to Covent Garden, London.
Queen Elizabeth II is shown a modern self service till as she views a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores during a visit to Covent Garden, London. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain first opening.
Queen Elizabeth II departs following a visit to Covent Garden, London, where she viewed a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores.
Queen Elizabeth II departs following a visit to Covent Garden, London, where she viewed a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores.
Queen Elizabeth II is shown a modern self service till as she views a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores during a visit to Covent Garden, London. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain first opening.
Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque during a visit to a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores in Covent Garden, London. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain first opening.
Queen Elizabeth II views goods on display in a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores during a visit to Covent Garden, London.
Queen Elizabeth II views goods on display in a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores during a visit to Covent Garden, London.
Queen Elizabeth II views a booklet in a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores during a visit to Covent Garden, London.
Queen Elizabeth II is shown an orange during a visit to a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores in Covent Garden, London. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain first opening.
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores in Covent Garden, London. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the supermarket chain first opening.
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to actors in period costume during a visit to Covent Garden, London, where she viewed a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for a visit to Covent Garden, London, where she viewed a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores.
Queen Elizabeth II departs following a visit to Covent Garden, London, where she viewed a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores.
Queen Elizabeth II talks to Lord Sainsbury and his wife outside a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores at Covent Garden, London.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa, greets Queen Elizabeth II as she arrives at Covent Garden, London, where she will view a replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores.
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The Queen made the comments during a trip to a pop-up exhibition in Covent Garden, central London, which replicated elements from one of Sainsbury's original stores to mark the chain's 150th anniversary.

The supermarket opened its original store in Drury Lane in 1869, selling butter, milk, and cheese.

During her visit, the Queen also got the opportunity to see an original ration book from the Second World War, and reflected on her own experiences of food shortages.

She said: "As a Sunday treat we had some sweeties, but we were lucky we had a farm."

Queen visits Sainsbury's anniversary model.
The Queen was not impressed with herring paste, describing it as "ghastly" (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)

There was also a demonstration of a shopping basket from the 1950s, containing a herring paste that the Queen labelled as "ghastly".

When the porridge and oranges of six decades ago were contrasted the avocados and ready meals of 2019, she remarked "tastes have changed".

The Queen met 33 members of Sainsbury's staff during her visit, before unveiling a plaque and cutting a cake to commemorate the milestone birthday.

Queen visits Sainsbury's anniversary model
A replica of one of the original Sainsbury's stores was created to mark the 150th anniversary of the supermarket (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

They included Damien Corcoran, who showed the Queen the stores' modern technologies, including the till.

A former Army officer, Mr Corcoran said it was a great honour "to have held the Queen's commission and then to have met her in person".

Queen visits Sainsbury's anniversary model
The Queen chatted with Lord Sainsbury during the visit (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Lord John Sainsbury, life president and former chief executive of the company, greeted the Queen and called her visit "very flattering".

He said: "I'm proud to say that what the company has contributed over the years has made it worthy of it.

"Of course, it's a great compliment."

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