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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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46.

Lisa    


GOOD GRIEF ITS JUST A PICTURE!!!!! TAKE OFF THE CROWN AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN AND SHOW YOU ARE HUMAN JUST LIKE THE REST OF US!!!!!!!!

2658 days ago
47.

davi    

I love it when a big overrated hack like Lebo shows her ignorance.

2658 days ago
48.

just me    

Queen Elizabeth setting for a portrait photograph dressed in medieval times Noble Order of the Garter garb and the American photographer doing the photo shoot suggested that she looked too dressy and asked the Queen to remove her crown. Now that's precious! American folk just ain't got no sense of propriety or appropriateness in the presence of Britain's Royalty. But hey! We got our own royalty in Hollywood, howbeit not so highly cultured or highbrow intellectual, and sometimes a thorn in the hiney of law enforcement, but American royalty nonetheless.

2658 days ago
49.

Dee    

Based on the comments here, most people did not get the gist of the article. BBC apologized to the queen for presenting her in a bad light. They edited the video to show the queen piqued at Anne. The whole tantrum thing was NOT TRUE.

2658 days ago
50.

Heidi    

I will never understand why England continues to put up with making this
family multimillionaires at their expense while they do not live that well.

Royalty should have been banished long ago in England. These people
are so pretentious. What, exactly, have they done for the poor of their
country, or any other country?

2658 days ago
51.

Ted C.    

What was Liebovitz thinking? The Queen doesn't wear those clothes because they're comfortable, or because they're fashionable, or even because they look good. She wears them because protocol dictates it.

Everyone knows the Queen would just wear dowdy tweed all the time if she could.

2658 days ago
52.

Amazing    


None of this happened; it was all made up by the British press. And speaking of banishing the royal family - it's hard to do that when the family owns the land upon which the country sits.

2658 days ago
53.

totoafrica    

#36 said the funniest thing ever. Did no one catch this??

2658 days ago
54.

Robert in Santa Fe    

I think most of these comment are terribly disrespectful ... The Queen has been an exemplary model of taste and sense of duty during her entire reign ... She pledged her dedication to serving her subjects when she accepted her role as sovereign after her father's death and she has done absolutely nothing to discredit herself or her position ... Other members of her immediate or inherited family are another story altogether ... Diana comes to mind, but after reading Tina Brown's new biography and of course after seeing the brilliant picture "The Queen" I do not blame Her Majesty for ANYTHING anymore ... It is, sadly, the media that perpetuates this unjust and totally uncalled for prejudice against the British monarchy ... Long live HM!!!!!!!!!

2658 days ago
55.

lori all talk radio.net    

I LIKE THE QUEEN. SUCH CLASS AND GRACE.

2658 days ago
56.

lori    

Too bad the queen didn't tell her to bite her bum

2658 days ago
57.

Grace E.    

I love the Queen especially here. Fabulous. Bravo for the clip!

2658 days ago
58.

Raoul    

I like to see the Queen do a Hustler style spread for all of the old foggies out there. She needs to loosen up the britches a bit. Man, she's so tight she squeaks.

2658 days ago
59.

Only swim in the Ocean    

She seems like a nice lady; she just doesn't no any better

2658 days ago
60.

r5agwatcher    

Annie is always a messy looking gal, although a superb photographer and artist of out time, she is a bit off the wall for such a royal shoot. I fear she'd put the royal queen in a milk bath like Whoope !

2658 days ago
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