Queen Elizabeth Calls Out ‘Very Rude’ Chinese Officials for Treatment of Female British Envoy


Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t give a whole lot of direct commentary on the United Kingdom’s daily political going-ons, but she was recently caught voicing unusually blunt thoughts about the entourage for the President of China.

Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the UK last year, and his trip entailed a meeting with Britain’s first female ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward. Jinping repeatedly threatened to axe the meeting before he ended up storming out of it midway, and the Queen was asked about that by Lucy D’Orsi, the British head of security for the delegation at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen was flanked by cameramen at the time, and she commented on the “bad luck” of the affair as she was introduced to the Metropolitan Police commander. D’Orsi remarked that the “undiplomatic” behavior was a “testing” time for Woodward, and the Queen agreed that “they were very rude to the ambassador.”

China and Great Britain have been said by some to be enjoying a diplomatic “golden age”, but the BBC reported that their World TV coverage was blocked in China as part of the nation’s censorship, and there hasn’t been an official response. CNN reported on a statement from the palace, stating: “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.”

Watch above, via Associated Press.

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