LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II was so annoyed by police officers eating nuts laid out at Buckingham Palace that she marked a line on the bowl to monitor the level, jurors heard Thursday at Britain's tabloid phone hacking trial.

The allegation was included in a 2005 e-mail from then-News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman - who has been convicted of eavesdropping on the voice mails of royal staff - to his editor, Andy Coulson.

"Memo now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out," Goodman wrote. "Queen so narked she has started marking the bowls."

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.