Leibovitz says Queen "perturbed" at infamous shoot

Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:59am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. photographer Annie Leibovitz said on Wednesday Queen Elizabeth seemed "a little perturbed" during a 2007 photo shoot at the center of a British broadcasting scandal.

The head of the British state broadcaster's television flagship BBC One resigned last year after he was faulted for presenting footage from a documentary showing the Queen apparently storming out of the shoot at Buckingham Palace.

In fact, the footage was of the monarch walking into the room which had been edited out of sequence.

The BBC apologized to the Queen, but blamed production company RDF for supplying the footage edited out of sequence.

Leibovitz said she had agreed to have the photo shoot filmed for a documentary, although the camera crew only managed to get the monarch entering and leaving the session.

"...which is what they got, only they got it a little confused," she told reporters at the launch of her photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

"The thing the BBC missed completely was that she was storming into the shoot."

Leibovitz said the Queen appeared out of sorts as she arrived for a scheduled 25-minute session. The four resulting portraits of the Queen in her full royal regalia are on display at "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005."   Continued...

<p>Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives for The Derby at the Epsom Downs race course in the south of England June 7, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>