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and wouldn't you like to have been a fly on the wall

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 12, 2007

It's never comfortable for a media outlet to issue an apology. But when the outlet is BBC, and the the apology is issued to HRH Elizabeth II, you have the makings of a few more headlines.

Oh, yes, and BBC apologized to Annie Leibovitz too. That's a different story, given the circumstances as reported:

Leibovitz told the queen: "I think it will look better without the crown because the garter robe is so..."
The queen cut her off with an icy stare.
"Less dressy! What do you think this is?" the monarch said, gesturing to her attire.

Look: If you tell the queen to take off her crown, you've got to be prepared for some backlash.

And now we have a measure of Annie Leibovitz as a portrait photographer. For purposes of comparison, if you don't already know the story, consider how Karsh captured THE portrait of Winston Churchill.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 9:56 PM ET USA

    Lisieux is correct. The Sovereign is "HM" (His/Her Majesty). Other members of the Royal Family (not just the Sovereign's children) are HRH. As for Diogenes' age: I too knew the Karsh story without clicking through. I'm 46.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 4:16 PM ET USA

    If we read between the lines, we can begin to get some tiny tidbits of information about the anonymous Diogenes. Here, for instance, we can infer that he's of a certain age. I am---and was once a photographer---and didn't have to click the link to know the Karsh story. A great one, but one that I'm sure hadn't come to mind in decades.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 2:19 PM ET USA

    No, it's HM, not HRM. She's royal, but it's not part of her title: just 'her Majesty'.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 10:43 AM ET USA

    Uncle Di, it's HRM Queen Elizabeth II. Her issue are the HRHs.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 7:07 AM ET USA

    If only we had a camera near some of our Episcopal leaders when they read some of your blogs, Uncle Di. Now THAT would be good archival stuff. Mahoney’s image, in particular, would be priceless.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 2:15 AM ET USA

    Karsh got the photo. Did Annie?

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