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Queen Caught Off Camera Saying Chinese Officials ‘Very Rude’

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FILE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The comments, which became public Wednesday, were unusual because the 90-year-old monarch has been careful to steer clear of politics during her long reign.

FILE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The comments, which became public Wednesday, were unusual because the 90-year-old monarch has been careful to steer clear of politics during her long reign.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth was caught on camera calling Chinese officials “very rude” in a conversation with a senior British police officer.

The queen made the comment Tuesday during a garden party at Buckingham Palace just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on microphone making undiplomatic remarks to her calling Nigeria and Afghanistan “fantastically corrupt.”

The video captured police Commander Lucy D'Orsi saying to the queen that arranging the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in October was a “testing time.” Elizabeth responded that they were “very rude to the ambassador.”

Buckingham Palace’s cameraman recorded the conversation and distributed to video which aired Wednesday.

Elizabeth’s rare diplomatic gaffe became a media buzz, since the 90-year-old monarch almost never comments publicly on political matters and media accompanying her are instructed not to eavesdrop on private conversations.

Asked about the remarks at a daily news briefing in Beijing Wednesday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman declined direct comments, but said Xi’s visit to Britain last year was “very successful.”

British Metropolitan Police and Buckingham Palace refused to comment on what they described as private conversations. The palace said that Xi's visit had been “extremely successful.”

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