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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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61.

Impressed    

The Queen has been a highly visible person and the subject of the paparizzi (sp) for about 54 years without making one "mistake". The good behavior time of all the "celebrities" on this site, added together, couldn't match that. Regardless of what anyone thinks about her role in life one must be impressed by her. I wonder what she would do if Paris Windsor rolled back to the palace in a police car drunk after crashing the family's Rolls into a light pole. I suspect she would be knocking on the door of the Duchess of York looking for a job.

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Cindylou    

LEIBOVITZ WAS OUT OF LINE TO ASK THE QUEEN TO REMOVE HER TIARA WHICH IS A VERY TRADITIONAL AND HISTORICAL PART OF THE COSTUME. IT WAS A RUDE AND STUPID REQUEST AND REVEALS HER TOTAL IGNORANCE OF ENGLISH CUSTOM.

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SUN    

Once again, us ignorant Americans are always showing our ass to the rest of the world. Most countries have traditons, protocols that they adhere to, and respect. In America, we have zilch. Everything over here is so commercialized, and we constantly bash our governmental leaders, and even burn our own flag. So, what would we know about respect for ones country.

The Queen looks like a over-dressed paige boy. The photographer is a baboon!

2606 days ago
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castra regina    

Way to go Leibovitz, a little respect please!!! Giving the term ugly American more ammo. Would you do the same for someone wearing a burkah?, Would you tell the Pope to take off his tiara?

2606 days ago
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Barbara    

The idea that British Royals serve no purpose, everything is paid for, people need to adore them, etc. In America, we fought the Revolutionary to rid ourselves of this and we now have CELEBRITY. How is it different? Can we have a Revolutionary to rid ourselves of the self promoted BrangelinaTomKat,ParisBritney,Lindsey,Beckhams, etc? they are at least laughable. The British royals are bound by tradition. I'm sure there are times when the Queen is very tired and still has to adhere to every tradition, can skip nothing and do as she pleases. As for Leibowitz. Great talent sometimes tends to bestow an "attitude"? Read about other artists. Major ego, major attitude, thinking centered on their art. The Queen meets the "Queen" and what do we have? Tradition vs. art. The stronger woman won.

2606 days ago
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carol    

To #61. The Pope doesn't wear a tiara (that was so funny). He wears a Miter. And yeah,
she probably would ask him to take it off.

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CONTINO MAURIZIO 17 FEBRUARY 1980    

I CONTINO MAURIZIO 17 FEBRUARY 1980 NAPOLI
PARIS WHITNEY HILTON 17 FEBRUARY 1981 NEW YORK
THE KING IT IS THE QUEEN OF THE MAGIC KINGDOMS OF THE KING IT IS THE QUEEN
A CASTLE THAT FLIES WHIT OUR LOVE ETERNAL KING IT IS THE QUEEN OF THE KINDDORMS THE FABLES WITH THE CASTLE THAT BADMINTON
BY
CONTINO MAURIZIO 17 FEBRUARY 1980 NAPOLI

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