LONDON: Describing Chinese delegation as ‘very rude’, in a rare diplomatic error, Queen Elizabeth’s comments Wednesday have been aired on media.
Comments were on-aired on media just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron also made inadvertent public remarks, referring to the “fantastically corrupt” countries attending a summit in London.
Dressed in a pink coat and hat with white gloves, the queen was caught on camera during a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday making unguarded comments about a Chinese state visit last year, Express Tribune reported.
Metropolitan Police commander Lucy D’Orsi was introduced to the queen as the in-charge of security for the visit of President Xi Jinping and his wife in October, to which the monarch replied: “Oh, bad luck”.
D’Orsi was heard as saying, “I’m not sure whether you knew, but it was quite a testing time for me,” to which the queen is recorded replying: “I did”.
The queen went on to say to D’Orsi that members of the Chinese delegation “were very rude to the ambassador” and exclaiming: “Extraordinary!”.
The police commander agreed, saying, “It was very rude and very undiplomatic I thought”.
It was not clear which members of the delegation they were referring to.
Beijing and Chinese state media at the time hailed the visit as a high watermark in Sino-British relations.
“President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain last year was very successful. Both sides have high level recognition of that,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday.