Hot Mic: Queen Caught Criticizing 'Rude' Chinese

Candid remarks recorded at Buckingham Palace event
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2016 2:11 AM CDT
Queen Criticizes 'Rude' Chinese Officials
Chinese President Xi Jinping toasts with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace last fall.   (Dominic Lipinski)

Queen Elizabeth II was 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. In the video, Metropolitan Police Commander Lucy D'Orsi—security chief during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the UK last fall—tells the queen it had been a "testing time," with some "very rude and very undiplomatic" behavior from Chinese officials, the Guardian reports. Elizabeth then says: "They were very rude to the ambassador." The comments, which became public Wednesday, were unusual because the 90-year-old monarch has been careful to steer clear of politics, notes the AP. British officials have so far declined to comment on the queen's remarks. (Read more Queen Elizabeth II stories.)

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