Buckingham Palace has ordered a copy of Bruno, the 18-certificate film about a gay Austrian journalist.

According to the Sun, Universal Studios received an email request from the palace this week asking for a copy of the controversial movie to show at a private screening at Balmoral.

As the Queen and Prince Phillip are to be the next guests at the retreat, it is thought they will be viewing the film, which shows graphic nudity and a cage fighting scene that leads to gay sex.

Bruno has been banned in Ukraine after the government feared it would “damage the moral upbringing” of citizens.

It has also come under fire from US gay groups, who claim the depiction of the gay journalist is homophobic.