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Queen Elizabeth gets apology from BBC

Queen Elizabeth gets apology from BBC

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

The BBC said a promotional trailer released Wednesday from the upcoming documentary A Year With the Queen showed the monarch arriving, not departing.

That scene showed the queen walking down a Buckingham Palace 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.

The promotional video 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 ..." but the monarch cut her off with an icy stare.

"Less dressy! What do you think this is?" the monarch said, gesturing to her attire.

The BBC Trust, the corporation's new governance body, said it has asked BBC Director General Mark Thompson to provide a full explanation of how the mistake was made.


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