Thursday, May 12, 2016

Queen Says Chinese Officials 'Very Rude'

Queen image gaffe

Buckingham Palace describes the state visit as "extremely successful" but won't comment on the Queen's "private conversations".
The Queen has been recorded on camera making unguarded comments about Chinese officials just hours after David Cameron was caught on a microphone criticising Nigeria and Afghanistan.
The gaffe occurred during a garden party hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
The Queen was speaking to Police Commander Lucy D’Orsi, who was recounting a meeting she had with Chinese officials ahead of President Xi Jinping's visit to the UK last year.
When told that the Chinese officials had threatened to cancel the visit, the Queen responded: "They were very rude to the ambassador".
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the Chinese state visit "got a bit stressful on both sides".
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A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on the Queen's private conversations. However, the Chinese state visit was extremely successful and all parties worked closely to ensure it proceeded smoothly."
A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry also declined to comment directly on the Queen's remarks, instead describing President Xi's trip as a "very successful visit".
Foreign media reports of the story are being blanked out by Chinese censors, indicating officials are sensitive about the issue. Oh No,Pity!