Mr Whitfield replied: “So I should drink beer, then?”
Mr Coney put it that the remarks referred to the throne on which he was sitting.
But the chair of the tribunal, Vivienne Gay, said a more appropriate comment would have been “king” in that case.
She added: “Had it been me, then maybe someone could have commented ’queen’ without it being offensive, but the reference to him would have been, wouldn’t it?”
It was at this same conference that Mr Whitfield said he was forced by sales and marketing director Paul Jackson to wear a T-shirt bearing bright pink lettering during a presentation in front of more than 60 colleagues.
Meanwhile, a gay British darts team says they’ve experienced similar taunts.