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Cranky Queen Hisses, But Avoids Royal Hissy Fit

7/12/2007 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comLike a queen probably should, Queen Elizabeth was not amused when photographer Annie Leibovitz asked her to doff her tiara. But, contrary to reports, the monarch did not storm off the photo set in a royal huff.

BBC camerascaught Queen Elizabeth in a rather uncharacteristic moment of pique while being shot by Leibovitz for a portrait. The famed photog suggested that QE2 take off her tiara because the shot would be "less dressy" without it, slightly absurd given that her majesty was already wearing layers of elaborate robes.

"Less dressy? What do you think this is?" snaps the Queen, referring to her Garter robe.

In a BBC promo for a documentary about the Queen, it looks like she ditches the shoot, muttering to a lady-in-waiting, "I'm not changing anything. I've had enough dressing like this, thank you very much." But the BBC had to grovel at the Queen's feet today, admitting that that episode actually took place before the photo shoot, and that the Queen didn't, in fact, throw a tantrum.


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just asking    

I saw the Quesen and did not get from it the same as #4.

I saw a woman/ who is bound by traditionaln and symbolism. A mother, grandmother and mother-in law who anquished over those traditions and symbolisms. A woman who was put on trail in front of the world. She came out smelling like a Queen. Much respect for her traditions

2624 days ago


#9-don't care to understand. Just wanna make jokes about this hag. Sorry

2624 days ago

Dawn Day    

You are right on mark Snark. I admire her 'strength' and unwillingness to bow down to anyone's ignorant suggestions.

2624 days ago


Paris is Queen of America: You must be kidding! Who wants a queen who makes several low-rent, homemade porn flicks? The only thing hot about Paris Hilton is the fever she periodically runs when her herpes flares up.

2624 days ago


I don't agree some of anyone's comments. I wanted to say something nice about the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II had her picture taken from the Olan Mills Studio not too far from the Buckingham Palace (London) the other day. She seemed to be please with it. I have seen the picture of the Queen and she looks nice.

2624 days ago

Zenophobe Alien    

#19 Mary be for real!

2624 days ago

Zenophobe Alien    

#19 Mary be for real!

2624 days ago


What a ho.

2624 days ago

John Denver Rules    

The Queen is a huge Bitch. Like when she comes to America and expects not to be spoken to unless she is spoken to first. I'll say whatever I want to her on MY home turf. Bite me queen.

2624 days ago


And why do we care about British Royalty?????

2624 days ago


Rock on, Queen E!!! Next time, introduce the BBC to the 1973 landmark case of "Boot vs. Ass," in which Boot won a resounding victory!

2624 days ago


(((((Here's a big plate of cheese to go with that royal whine))))))))))


2624 days ago

Glisten Garbor    

You know we saw the movie 'The Queen' so we know what she is capable of..Don't insult our intelligence and downplay her royal haughtyness...What's next? Her husband is really a living doll..Puhlese! The only royal worse than those two was the randy sister Magpie!

2624 days ago

Brother Harold, S.J.    

Are we supposed to give a rat's ass about whether this royal parasite wears her crown or doesn't? Personally, I think it would be more interesting to hear about her bowel movements and whether she picks her nose. Now THAT'S royal news worth paying attention to. My friend Aida has it on good authority that Camilla picks her nose--but SHE'S not the queen, so who care about HER?

2624 days ago


Annie was too casual with the Queen and should not have asked her to doff the tiara.

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