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 . . . .