BBC fails to recognise Anthony Albanese arriving for Queen's funeral

Awkward moment BBC newsreaders don’t have a clue who Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is – but Aussie commentators also didn’t recognise UK leader Liz Truss

  • Australian Prime Minister among world leaders to attend Queen’s state funeral
  • BBC appeared to not recognise Aussie PM as he arrived at Westminister Abbey
  • Made no reference, leading viewers to believe presenters didn’t know he was.
  • Channel Nine made similar blunder, mistaking British PM for a ‘minor royal’ 
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

British presenters were left red-faced after failing to recognise 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 filed into London’s Westminister Abbey for Monday’s state funeral, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

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

They made no reference to Mr Albanese, leading many viewers to believe the presenters didn’t know he was.

It comes as Australian network Channel Nine failed to recognise new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and thought she was a ‘minor royal.’

Many viewers believed BBC presenters failed to recognise Anthony Albanese as he arrived at Westminister Abbey with partner Jodie Haydon

Eagle-viewed Australian viewers were quick to pick up on the gaffe in the BBC coverage

The BBC blunder didn’t go unnoticed by eagled-eyed Australian viewers back home. 

‘BBC commentary not recognising Albo was pretty great,’ one woman tweeted. 

Commentator Jane Caro tweeted: ‘BBC focuses on Albo entering the church – it’s clear the commentators have no idea who he is.

One woman replied to Caro’s tweet: ‘I can’t say this without it sounding insulting so, apologies, but that’s because nobody in Britain – ordinary people, the press, and probably the royals too, really gives a damn who the Australian PM is.’

The BBC wasn’t the only broadcaster to make a blunder during its live coverage of the arrivals.

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

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

As Ms Truss climbed out of her car to attend the ceremony, veteran network presenters Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw were left scratching their heads as to who she was.

‘So, this is a significant motorcade, we are being told now,’ Overton said.

‘Come with us as we try and identify who is getting out of the car. This is under police escort of course. I would suggest this might be royalty, Tracy. 

‘Hard to identify. Maybe minor royals, members of the … I can’t identify them at this point …’

The mystery was resolved shortly afterwards as viewers took to social media to slam Channel Nine. 

‘I’m told that was Liz Truss the new Prime Minister in the distance, she could see hopping out of the car. Thank you very much for that information,’ Overton said. 

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon) was among 2,000 dignitaries who attended the Queen’s funeral at Westminister Abbey 

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