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25 March 2017
Beijing is censoring news reports on Queen Elizabeth's unguarded comments to a British police commander (inset) on "very rude" Chinese officials. Credit: Reuters, Jeremy Selwyn
Beijing is censoring news reports on Queen Elizabeth's unguarded comments to a British police commander (inset) on "very rude" Chinese officials. Credit: Reuters, Jeremy Selwyn

China blocks reports on Queen’s ‘rude officials’ comments

Beijing has censored reports of the British Queen’s comments about “very rude” Chinese officials.

After BBC aired a story about the Queen’s candid comments to a police commander who had to deal with a Chinese delegation last year, the clips were blocked by mainland authorities.

Other media outlets also found their video footage and web pages that mentioned the royal slip-up blanked out in China.

Robin Brant, a BBC correspondent in China, wrote on Twitter: “Chinese censors are blocking @BBCWorld reports about HMTQ comments that Xi Jinping officials were ‘very rude’ during last year state visit.”

“No reporting in China yet and that may remain case as anything that undermines ‘golden era’ agenda doesn’t suit Beijing,” he added.

HMTQ stands for Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen was filmed chatting during a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday about a Chinese delegation’s “extraordinary” behavior during a state visit by President Xi Jinping last October.

On learning that Police Commander Lucy D’Orsi had been in charge of security and emergency services during Xi’s visit, the Queen was caught saying to the policewoman: “Oh, bad luck”.

She was also overheard telling D’Orsi that the Chinese delegation was “very rude” to the British ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper noted.

Britain’s Foreign Office and the Chinese Embassy in London have since moved to dismiss claims of a rift between the countries.

Meanwhile, China’s censors have taken to blocking the news reports on the Queen’s comments.

Queen Elizabeth says Chinese ‘very rude’ during state visit (May 11, 2016)

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