Another particularly awkward moment at the Queen’s funeral has caused serious uproar on social media, with thousands of gamblers collectively cringing over a disapproved handshake upon arrival at Westminster Abbey.
Alessandra Viggiano Marra, wife of Argentina’s ambassador to the UK, was hanged in perhaps the most public place imaginable.
Television footage showed the doorman shaking hands with the guests entering the procession, but when Mrs. Marra approached with her palm outstretched, all she could do was shake air.
Her understandably frustrated demeanor as she withdrew her hand seemed to tickle viewers, who immediately went online to share the awkward exchange.
“It just gave me embarrassment on the second, third and fourth hand,” one user wrote.
“If I were this in twenty years, I’d still wake up in a cold sweat at the memory of the shame,” wrote another.
To be fair, there were a few snubs on offer during the Queen’s memorable farewell yesterday.
Anthony Albanese appeared to get the cold shoulder while attending the Queen’s funeral, as BBC commentators named world leaders who entered the chapel to pay their final respects on Monday.
Britain’s national broadcaster referred to the Queen’s impact on world politics when Commonwealth leaders Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau appeared on camera.
But coverage fell silent when the Australian Prime Minister came into the picture along with partner Jodie Haydon, leading many to believe the BBC presenters had no idea who he was.
And it wasn’t TV networks’ first on-air slip.
Channel 9 seemed to return the favor when the UK’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, appeared on screen.
Presenters seemed momentarily unable to recognize the UK’s new leader, with nine on-air personalities Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw both unable to identify Truss as she emerged from a car to attend the funeral.
“So this is an important motorcade, we are now being told. Come with us as we try to determine who is getting out of the car. Under police escort, of course. I suggest these are royalties, Tracy,” Overton said.
But when Truss emerged, the pair were stunned: “Hard to identify. Perhaps minor members of the royal family, members of the… I can’t identify them at the moment…”
Shortly afterwards, Overton passed on the information they had just been given.
“I was told that Liz Truss was the new prime minister in the distance, whom she could see jumping out of the car. Thank you very much for this information,” he said.
On social media, Overton spoke on Tuesday about what happened in the studio at the time of the cock-up.
“We relied on a video feed for the live stream of arrivals,” he said. “Sometimes the video froze, so we turned around to catch a glimpse. I do know what the British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, looks like. The back of her hat, not so much!”