Dealing with ingenious homework excuses is a standard event for people in teaching jobs, but it is unlikely that any teacher has ever been presented with a royal pardon by a pupil.
That could have been the scenario facing teachers at Lagan College in Belfast, after a Year Eight pupil asked Prince Edward to sign a mock reprieve while the royal was visiting the school.
The BBC reported that Michael Hare presented the royal reprieve to Prince Edward in the hope that he would sign it, but despite studying the document, the prince politely declined.
Speaking to the broadcaster's Radio Ulster station, Michael revealed that after coming up with the idea he asked his classmates about it and they thought it was a great idea.
"In history we're learning about the Normans coming to Ireland and I think it's Strongbow who gets a royal pardon from the king and that gave me the idea," he explained.
Unfortunately for the adventurous pupil, the prince said that while he liked his idea, his head teacher would be very disappointed if he gave the document his signature.
Posted by Harriet McGowan