Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by Mr Roaming 18 Comments

So, what was it that had Queen Elizabeth seemingly annoyed during the Opening Ceremonies in London last Friday?

During the four-hour ceremony, many people thought that Queen Elizabeth was in a bad mood when she finally appeared in front of the cameras. This, of course, was after the much anticipated premiere/cameo appearance as the latest Bond Girl. Here are some of our guesses as to what might have ruffled her Magesty’s feathers:

1. Just before she came out, the Queen was watching the coverage of NBC. Its warped coverage of the Olympic Games has left much to be desired. By the time NBC shows Phelps getting a medal, the entire country has seen the race a few times.

2. NBC hosts Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer continued to fuel the flames while they appeared to suffer from foot-in-mouth syndrome for basically the entire length of their broadcasts. HuffPost recaps, “Some of Lauer and Viera’s finer moments include linking Madagascar, the African island nation, to the animated movies, reminding viewers that most of the athletes marching in the ceremony would not win a medal, and talking over the many, many musical interludes.”

3. Maybe it was NBC’s Bob Costas making irrelevant political commentary as Greece was marching in first, instead of taking about the country from where the Olympics originated. Of course, the Queen knows all too well about Greece: let’s not forget that her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh is Greek and was born in Corfu.

4. Possibly, it was the bad attitude of the hosts which didn’t go unnoticed by the Examiner who shared their opinion on NBC’s coverage: “During NBC’s delayed broadcast, their editing did not do it justice. Many of the comments from the anchors were unintelligent, ignorant and in bad taste. And to top it all off, the greatest segments of the event were omitted.”

5. Or finally, maybe it was the network, which also insulted national intelligence levels by pointing out that the ceremonies “are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.”

6. Then again it could have been the crazy smokestacks, the dancing nurses celebrating Britain’s healthcare system in the Olympics (???), or the kids who were texting while running around the stadium during London’s centerpiece of the XXX Olympiad. Maybe she was eondering: “what was this Danny Boyle thinking when he was staging this craziness?”

7. Of course there was the Romney thing: maybe she saw the Presidential hopeful wondering whether the Brits were up to the challenge, rain and all.

Whatever the reason, Liz kept her cool and gave her signature waive when the GB team marched in last.

On to the competitions . . . .

18 Responses

  1. Katie says:

    At some point, she looked bored and was checking out her manicure. Maybe she wasn’t as amused …

  2. GB best says:

    HM at her best. Who says she doesn’t have humour??? Genius!

  3. GS says:

    I like your list of possibilities! I just will add another:

    Maybe she was upset that it was raining like crazy during her big party in June and she had to get soaked, and during the opening ceremony the weather held up.

  4. Herman says:

    Annoyed indeed. But not her, the British people who will have to pay for this worthless celebration of Chinese and Americans get all the medals …

  5. kenneth says:

    I was happy to see the British nation embrace HM’s willingness to participate in her own way in our nation’s celebration. Your list is humorous indeed!

  6. Blythe says:

    HM showed her humanity and willingness to participate in our city’s celebration. Congratulations!
    As far as the American TV coverage, when has it ever been balanced, interesting, objective, or reasonable?

  7. Scotland says:

    QE2 at her best? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is for sure: she managed to be the most talked about part of the ceremony. Of course it should’ve be the athletes, the show …

  8. Jayne says:

    Elizabeth finally showed her willingness to be part of something more than a monarch behind closed doors. But she couldn’t hide her boredom. I would be ticked off if I were Her subject …

  9. max says:

    HM was a great sport last week. She singlehandedly brought the opening ceremonies out of the Danny Boyle doldrums. Congrats on your list which is brilliant indeed!

  10. SI says:

    Elizabeth’s face is priceless! I have a feeling she was thinking about all your points above and was bored to tears! I think someone caught a picture of her checking out her manicure during the presentation. Guess those weird opening ceremonies couldn’t put a smile on that face. Can you blame the poor woman?

  11. fan of Andy says:

    Maybe Andy performance will put a smile on her face!

  12. 2012S says:

    The Queen just seemed tired more than anything else. Maybe it was all the celebrating at the Jubilee in June.

  13. ccs says:

    Funny funny funny. Her husband is Greek? Never knew that. I love her style and behavuor during publique events.

  14. Taylor says:

    Was about time HM had a good time! Good for her …

  15. kenneth says:

    I can’t remember HM looking any more excited other than her Jubilee two months ago.

  16. US 89 says:

    Queen Elizabeth is a class act. And her willingness to participate shows how much she cares about her nation and its Olympics. What did people expect her to do???

  17. M.N. says:

    This article is hysterical – you have a great sense of humour!

  18. Gary says:

    word has it that she’s annoyed and quite anxious for the royal baby to be finally born.

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