A senior Government minister has attacked "failings" on the rail network which meant he missed out on the Queen's appearance at Cabinet.
The Queen sat alongside members of David Cameron's Government on Tuesday, believed to be the first time a monarch has attended Cabinet since 1781.
But Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley was absent, telling MPs instead of meeting the monarch he spent 105 minutes stranded at a Hertfordshire station.
He said: "I have an insufferable knowledge of Letchworth Garden City railway station, where I spent an hour and three-quarters."
Taking questions on future Commons business he said: "If anybody was to ask me if I was sympathetic to a debate on recent failing in performance on the East Coast Main Line or First Capital Connect, I would be very sympathetic to that."
Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle joked that she would get Mr Lansley a copy of the railway timetable for Christmas.
She also poked fun at Nick Clegg, saying: "On Tuesday, Her Majesty the Queen made a historic visit to Number 10 to attend the Cabinet to observe, but not participate, in proceedings - much like the Deputy Prime Minister, in fact.
"It's a sign of Her Majesty's tireless devotion to her duties that she was willing to put herself through such an experience."
She added that Mr Lansley's absence from the official photograph had raised concerns he was a "closet republican".