April 3, 2009

Queen’s annoyance a YouTube hit

The Queen of England has become a YouTube sensation after footage from Buckingham Palace appeared to show her lose her temper with Italy's prime minister.

The video, from an official photo call at the end of the Group of 20 summit, depicts Queen Elizabeth asking: What is it? Why does he have to shout? after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yells a booming greeting to U.S. President Barack Obama, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

The queen's question caused other leaders in attendance to break out in laughter.

Comments from Italian YouTube users expressed embarrassment at their prime minister's behavior.

Oh my goodness, where are his manners? The queen should lock him in the Tower, one comment reads.

It's what the world has come to expect from Silvio -- and he now wants to be president of Italy. God help us, another user wrote.