Chinese remark caught on camera
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been overheard on video describing Chinese officials as “very rude” in a conversation with a senior police officer at a Buckingham Palace event celebrating her birthday.
The comments, which became public yesterday, were unusual because the 90-yearold monarch has been careful to steer clear of politics during her long reign.
The incident, recorded by the palace’s official cameraman, captured police Commander Lucy D’Orsi telling the queen that arranging the state visit by Chinese President Xi in October had been a “testing time”.
Elizabeth responded: “They were very rude to the ambassador.”
It was the second embarrassment from Tuesday’s event, where Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”.
“We do not comment on the queen’s private conversations,” said a palace official. “However, the Chinese state visit was extremely successful and all parties worked closely to ensure it proceeded smoothly.”
The video showed an official introducing D’Orsi to the queen, and going on to say that the officer had been “seriously undermined by the Chinese” in the handling of the visit.
D’Orsi said Chinese officials walked out of a meeting with Barbara Woodward, ambassador to China, telling them the trip was off.
The remarks were recorded as the queen greeted guests in the gardens of Buckingham Palace at the 90th birthday event.
‘TESTING TIME’: Queen Elizabeth II with Chinese President Xi Jinping last year