Chi­nese re­mark caught on cam­era

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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

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