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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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mrsrose    

Annie was simply out of her element here. She is used to working with spoiled, Hollywood types that will do ANYTHING for publicity! (Are you listening you Paris Hilton lovers!!!!??? ) When Annie meets someone like the Queen, who has morals, character, and traditional values, she cannot rise to the challenge. She simply cannot relate to someone that has integrity. She should stick to doing photos of a naked Demi Moore or a tied-up Clint Eastwood. As for those of you that say the "Royals" are worthless , they are actually Britain's leading tourist attraction. They bring in millions of tourist dollars every year for their country. How many dollars do you think tourists spend to see George Bush? Before people comment, they should research their facts. Otherwise, you look foolish, just like poor old Annie does here when she calls the queen's tiara a crown. And for the record, I'm an AMERICAN!

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DJC,UPTOWN    

The queen is just being the queen. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She would have no idea what it would be like to be down to earth like us common folks. The photographer should have asked her to remove all the s--t she is wearing and to put on a bathing suite.

DJC UPTOWN

2660 days ago
33.

Your'e Fired!    

.......Slap her, and tell her to "Shut Up"........She "hired" you, YOU are the professional.......

2660 days ago
34.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

I really think it's DISGUSTING the way everybody makes fun of poor Camilla. She's beautiful, she's elegant, and she brings CLASS to that whole dowdy clan of royal trailer trash. So WHAT if she picks her nose! At least she doesn't fart and giggle about it during dinner, as the royal family does. In fact, it was because of all that farting--and the way they carry on like it's the most hilarious joke--that the Prince and Di broke up. THE QUEEN MADE HIM DROP HER. It seems that Di couldn't stand all that farting, and one day when she came to dine at the palace she was wearing a gas mask--and the queen was REALLY insulted. Camilla, by the way, isn't bothered by the royal farting, because her olfactory glands are out of whack, and she couldn't smell a turd if it was sitting on her upper lip.

2660 days ago
35.

tmz_fan    

You tell her, Liz!

2660 days ago
36.

ac    

BBC already retracted this story this morning and apologized to Queenie and Liebovitz. Old news with an even older correction.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6294472.stm

2660 days ago
37.

just asking    

Be careful Americans our ignorance is showing around the world.

2660 days ago
38.

totoafrica    

What a roboho

2660 days ago
39.

todd lissner anti adult anti wholesomeness activist-----(kadintodd2@aol.com)    

ah stop writing about the queen shes just doing this 2 get the media attention all she haz 2 do is flaunt her hot bod and the paparazzi come running shame on u tmz!!!!just write about sum1 whoilesome like paris hilton please wats this world coming 2???????????????????????????????(lol)

2660 days ago
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todd lissner anti adult anti wholesomeness activist-----(kadintodd2@aol.com)    

ahh stop writing about the queen shes just doing this 2 get media attention!!!all she haz 2 do is flaunt her hot bod and the paparazzi come running,shame on u TMZ!!!!!!!!!!!!write asbout sum1 wholesome like model/actress paris hilton 4 instance damb,were has good taste gone?(lol)

2660 days ago
41.

lucky    

This is so not true BBC admitted that it was false and apologized

2660 days ago
42.

Katerina    

Good for the Queen. These ego filled has been 1960's "artists" (photographers) should have had their butt kicked long ago. The Queen may be old, but she knew a phony when she saw one.

2660 days ago
43.

missy    

wut a diva.

2660 days ago
44.

Harry    

God when will this old frump die?

2660 days ago
45.

Rick    

I AM SURPRISED THAT THE Smart BRITISH DON'T THROW A TANTRUM
FOR SUPPORTING THIS WHOLE CRAP CALLED disfunctional Royals.
I want to throw up when I see them on TV or magazine's. Most of Europe stoppe'd supporting their royals except England. What are they good for?
A Bunch of freeloader's who don't want to work . Their image stink's, just look at this family, it escape's me why the British are so stupid in this case.

2660 days ago
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