Thursday, July 12, 2007

BBC apologizes to Queen Elizabeth II

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The British Broadcasting Corp. apologized to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday for saying she had walked out of portrait sitting with photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The BBC said that a promotional trailer from a forthcoming documentary shown on Wednesday showed the queen arriving, not departing.

That scene showed the queen walking down a corridor, wearing a crown and her Order of the Garter robes, and telling her lady-in-waiting: "I'm not changing anything. I've had enough dressing like this, thank you very much."

"In this trailer there is a sequence that implies that the queen left a sitting prematurely," the BBC said.

"This was not the case and the actual sequence of events was misrepresented. The BBC would like to apologize to both the queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused."

The promotional footage showed the queen balking at the photographer's request that she remove her crown.

Leibovitz told the queen: "I think it will look better without the crown because the garter robe is so..." The queen cut her off with an icy stare. Link

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