Naga Munchetty was left embarrassed when she mistook a Latin inscription live on-air.
The 46-year-old presenter appeared on BBC Breakfast on Saturday, where she and her co-host Jon Kay were discussing plans for a new Platinum Jubilee medal.
Confirming that the design for the medal had been revealed, Naga explained: “It features a portrait of the Queen with a Latin inscription, and on the back is the royal crest.”
She added: “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.”
Naga was then asked by Jon if she could translate the Latin inscription on the medal design.
He said: “That Latin inscription… you said you’d done Latin at school.”
In response, a flustered Naga replied: “Yes, I also said I only remembered about three things.”
Jon teasingly then requested that Naga have an attempt at transcribing the inscription, which read ‘‘Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def’.
He said: “Well okay, let’s see what you can remember.”
Despite her experience studying the old language, Naga appeared to struggle with the Latin inscription.
After her attempt to translate the words failed, she finally conceded: “I don’t know.”
“Two beers please!” Jon laughed in response, before going on to reveal what the translation actually is and what the inscription reads in English.
He added: “No, it says ‘By the grace of God, Queen, defender of the faith’.”
An embarrassed Naga jokingly replied: “That’s what I said,” despite being unable to decode the inscription.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal, made of nickel silver, will celebrate her 70 years on the throne next year.
It was designed by Timothy Noad from the College Of Arms and incorporates Ian Rank-Broadley’s famous portrait of the Queen.
BBC Breakfast airs on BBC One.
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