Queen Elizabeth II has been overheard on video calling Chinese officials “very rude” in a conversation with a senior police officer at a Buckingham Palace event.
The comments, made Tuesday, were unusual because the 90-year-old monarch rarely comments publicly on political matters, and media accompanying her are asked not to eavesdrop on private conversations. The incident came hours after Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on microphone calling Nigeria and Afghanistan “fantastically corrupt.”
The queen’s comments, recorded by the palace’s official cameraman at a palace garden party and distributed to broadcasters, dealt with a rare state visit by China’s leaders in October, an event that required months of detailed planning and was hailed by both sides at the time as an unqualified success. The video captured police Commander Lucy D’Orsi telling the queen that arranging the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in October had been a “testing time.” Elizabeth responded: “They were very rude to the ambassador.” Read more