QUEEN Elizabeth II described a group of Chinese officials as “very rude to the ambassador” in a conversation which was caught on video during her birthday celebration in Buckingham Palace recently.
The comments came to light on Wednesday and was said to be an unusual remark for the Queen because the 90-year-old monarch has been careful to steer clear of politics during her long reign.
The Guardian newspaper said the discussion was recorded by the palace’s official cameraman. On the video, a senior police officer is describing the Chinese state visit to Britain in October.
According to the BBC, the comments were made as she was introduced to Metropolitan Police Commander Lucy D’Orsi, who had overseen security during President Xi Jiping’s visit to the U.K. in October.
An official told the Queen that the officer had been “seriously, seriously undermined by the Chinese, but she managed to hold her own and remain in command”.
“Oh, bad luck,” the monarch said.
Commander D’Orsi told the Queen that she was the Gold commander of the visit and that it was quite a testing time for her.
“It was at the point they walked out of Lancaster House and told me that the trip was off, that I felt…” the officer said.
The Queen then interjected, saying: “They were very rude to the ambassador.”
Commander D’Orsi concurred with the queen, saying she thought they were rude and undiplomatic.
Seemingly in disbelief, the Queen also described it as “extraordinary”.
Additional reporting by Associated Press