It turns Queen Elizabeth II was not amused by the behavior of Chinese officials prior to President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.K. last year. In fact, she agreed with Metropolitan Police Commander Lucy D’Orsi on Tuesday that the officials were “very rude to the ambassador.”
It was during what looked like a rain-soaked garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday this week that the Queen was caught on camera, complaining about the rudeness of the Chinese officials.
As can be seen in the video, D’Orsi was introduced to the Queen as the Gold Commander, in charge of security during Xi’s visit to the U.K. As Her Majesty was introduced, she said with a smile, “Oh, bad luck.”
It turns out Queen Elizabeth wasn’t the only one to complain about the rudeness, as D’Orsi went on to say the visit had been “quite a testing time” for her. D’Orsi recalled the Chinese officials walking out of a meeting with her and the British Ambassador Barbara Woodward, telling them “the trip was off.”
Referring to the incident as being “extraordinary,” the Queen agreed, saying, “They were very rude to the ambassador.”
D’Orsi agreed, saying: “It was very rude and very undiplomatic, I thought.”
The video footage was captured by the Queen’s official cameraman, Peter Wilkinson, and Buckingham Palace later released the video to the media.
President Xi reportedly enjoyed a true British display of pomp and ceremony during his visit last year, including an invitation to address the U.K. parliament, an inspection of a guard of honor on the Horse Guards Parade, and was also treated to a state banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on October 20, 2015.
However, the British government has since been criticized in the U.K. for “kowtowing” to the Chinese and failing to bring up the issue of the Communist Party’s poor record relating to human rights.
As reported by Bloomberg, Prime Minister David Cameron had hailed the meeting as a bonanza for British business, all the while being criticized for being too warm towards President Xi.
The British Conservative Government had reportedly invested heavily in what they hoped would be a “golden era” in U.K./China relations, but many believe this new relationship is turning into an embarrassment, especially now, with the release of the video footage.
Queen Elizabeth II was caught on camera describing Chinese officials as “very rude” to the British ambassador. https://t.co/ui1Ab2JMsN
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While Chinese officials are known for their hardball tactics with preparations for important foreign visits, this was the first indication that Queen Elizabeth II was not happy with the arrangements. In fact, during the visit, Her Majesty had called it a “milestone,” with relations between the two countries being taken to “ambitious” new heights.
Among the said “new heights,” and since that time, a British citizen was among five Hong Kong booksellers allegedly abducted by Chinese security agents.
However, according to a BBC report referring to the recorded statement by the Queen, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said later, “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.”
As for China themselves, coverage of the newly released footage and its controversial statements has been censored and reportedly BBC World TV actually went to a blank screen during a report on the conversation.
According to Reuters, the Queen normally keeps her views to herself, but other members of the royal family have been heard to make undiplomatic comments about China in the past.
Prince Charles reportedly skipped two state banquets for the Chinese delegation in Britain and had described some officials in a journal as “appalling old waxworks.” This statement was later leaked to the media.
Reportedly, back in the 1980s, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s husband, was heard to warn some British students in China they would get “slitty eyes” if they stayed there too long.
As reported by Bloomberg, this latest news comes shortly after Cameron was last week overheard telling Queen Elizabeth II on a live microphone that the corruption conference in London would feature some “fantastically corrupt” countries.
During an event to mark the Queen’s 90 birthday, Cameron was heard to say, “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain,” adding, “Nigeria and Afghanistan are possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
Taking liberties with an old expression, it could be said that loose lips could sink diplomatic relationships.
In other recent news on The Inquisitr, Queen Elizabeth recently banned drones from flying over her Sandringham estate in a security and privacy move.
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