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Queen’s funeral: BBC does not recognize Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanian in Westminster Abbey

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Strange moment BBC newsreaders have no idea who Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is – but Australian commentators also failed to recognize British leader Liz Truss

  • Australian Prime Minister Among World Leaders To Attend State Funeral
  • BBC didn’t seem to recognize Aussie PM when he arrived at Westminster Abbey
  • Didn’t reference, leading viewers to think presenters didn’t know it was him
  • Channel Nine committed a similar blunder, as the British Prime Minister was a ‘minor royal’
  • The Queen’s Funeral: All the latest news and coverage about the royal family

British presenters turned red after failing to recognize Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as he arrived for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

National broadcaster BBC listed a host of names as world leaders entered London’s Westminster Abbey for Monday’s state funeral, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

But live coverage fell uncomfortably silent for a few seconds as cameras zoomed in on the Australian Prime Minister and his partner Jodie Haydon entering the chapel.

The presenters made no reference to Mr Albanese as they turned their attention back to King Charles III on his way to Westminster Hall.

The moment led many viewers to believe that the presenters didn’t know it was him.

It’s because the Australian network Channel Nine failed to recognize the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and thought she was a ‘minor royal’.

Many viewers believed BBC presenters failed to recognize Anthony Albanese when he arrived at Westminster Abbey with partner Jodie Haydon

Eagle-watched Australian viewers were quick to pick up on the blunder in BBC coverage

Eagle-watched Australian viewers were quick to pick up on the blunder in BBC coverage

The BBC blunder did not go unnoticed by eagle-eyed Australian viewers at home.

“BBC commentary that Albo didn’t recognize was pretty good,” one woman tweeted.

Commentator Jane Caro tweeted: “BBC targets Albo entering the church – obviously the commentators have no idea who he is.”

But not all viewers were offended.

“I can’t say this without sounding so insulting, sorry, but that’s because nobody in Britain – ordinary people, the press and probably the royal family, really cares who the Australian Prime Minister is,” replied one wife to Caro’s response. tweet.

Another added: ‘I love the BBC coverage for the complete lack of ‘oooh, oooh there’s an Australian.’

British Prime Minister Liz Truss (pictured) was mistaken by Channel Nine for a 'minor royal'

British Prime Minister Liz Truss (pictured) was mistaken by Channel Nine for a ‘minor royal’

Some saw the funny side.

‘I loved that stuff…BBC’s ‘The King is making his way..’ and our picture shows Albo & Jodie,’ one viewer joked.

The BBC was not the only broadcaster to make a blunder during live coverage of the arrivals.

Australia’s Channel Nine also made a similar blunder, mistaking new British Prime Minister Liz Truss for a ‘minor royal’.

As Mrs. Truss climbed out of her car to attend the ceremony, veteran network hosts Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw were left wondering about who she was.

“So this is an important column, we’re now told,” Overton said.

“Come with us as we try to determine who is getting out of the car. This of course under police escort. I suggest these are royalties, Tracy.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon) was one of 2,000 dignitaries to attend the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon) was one of 2,000 dignitaries to attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey

‘Hard to identify. Maybe underage members of the royal family, members of the… I can’t identify them at the moment…’

The mystery was solved shortly afterwards when viewers took to social media to cover Channel Nine.

“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 for that information,” Overton said.

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