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  • NEW: BBC says sorry to queen for editing documentary clip incorrectly
  • The photographer asked the queen to remove her crown
  • Queen Elizabeth was heard saying: "I'm not changing anything"
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LONDON, England -- A British broadcaster has apologized to Queen Elizabeth for wrongly implying she stormed out of a sitting with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, saying a documentary clip had been edited incorrectly.


The BBC has said sorry to the queen after it said a documentary about her was edited incorrectly.

A trailer shown Wednesday for forthcoming British Broadcasting Corporation documentary series, "A Year With The Queen" gave the impression that the British monarch had abruptly halted the photo shoot when Leibovitz asked her to remove her crown.

Leibovitz was preparing to take an official portrait of the queen at Buckingham Palace in London. The photographer, known for making unusual requests, at one point asked the queen to remove her crown.

Scenes showed the queen giving the photographer an icy stare before storming off. An official followed close behind, lifting the large train of her blue velvet cape off the floor.

The queen was heard telling her lady-in-waiting: "I'm not changing anything. I've had enough dressing like this, thank you very much," Britain's Press Association reported.

But the footage was actually filmed as the Queen made her way to the sitting.

The BBC said: "In this trailer there is a sequence that implies that the Queen left a sitting prematurely. This was not the case and the actual sequence of events was misrepresented.

"The BBC would like to apologize to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused."

Four official portraits of the queen were eventually released by Leibovitz. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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