‘Maybe minor royals’: World leaders punch TV presenters over Queen’s funeral | Media

We’ve all been there.

If it wasn’t at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, then at least in the awkward position of competing for someone’s name.

Channel Nine presenters (and veteran reporters) Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw struggled to seat the British Prime Minister as she – along with about 500 heads of state and dignitaries – registered at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral.

When Liz Truss and husband Hugh O’Leary went in, Grimshaw asked, “Who is this?”

“Hard to identify,” Overton replied. “Maybe, uh, underage royals…I can’t identify them at the moment.”

“We can’t see everyone,” Grimshaw said.

To be fair, the Queen only appointed Truss two days before she died.

The Aussies weren’t the only ones who failed to match the faces perfectly during the ceremony. Some who watched the BBC’s coverage speculated that British presenters at the national broadcaster did not know who the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, was.

Instead of guessing, the BBC presenters let the silence speak for itself.

“Clearly the commentators have no idea who he is,” tweeted author Jane Caro as Albanian and his partner, Jodie Haydon, entered the building.

BBC focuses on Albo entering the church – obviously the commentators have no idea who he is.

— Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) September 19, 2022

Events in the wake of the Queen’s death were meticulously planned and known as Operation London Bridge. Everything from a social media blackout to the precise route of her coffin procession was part of the project.

Perhaps a helpful illustrated guide for those invited to Westminster Abbey would have helped.

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