Alex Massie

HMQ Not Amused

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My impression is that Annie Liebowitz is used to getting her own way.  Not all portraits are equal however...

From a documentary titled A Year With the Queen comes this:

In one scene... Liebowitz is photographing Queen Elizabeth II when she suggests that the Queen remove her crown for a portrait. “I think it will look better without the crown because the garter robe is so…,” Annie tried, but then the Queen interrupted.

“Less dressy? What do you think this is?” the monarch hit back, pointing at what she was wearing and giving her an icy stare. The queen then walked off, with an official carrying the large train of her blue velvet cape, and telling another: “I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much.”

As we say back in the old country, That's you telt...

[Via the estimable James Joyner]

UPDATE: Dash it, seems as though this may not be, um, true. A reader notes that the BBC have apologised for the manner in which they presented this scene. No monarchical lack of amusement after all. A shame.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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