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The Queen has been overheard commenting that Chinese officials “were very rude” during last October’s state visit by President Xi Jinping to the UK.

At a Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday, the Queen was introduced to Commander Lucy D’Orsi by the Lord Chamberlain.

“Oh, bad luck,” Her Majesty said, as she heard that D’Orsi was the Gold Commander – meaning the person in charge of security – during the Chinese state visit.

“I’m not sure whether you knew, but it was quite a testing time for me,” D’Orsi said, to which the Queen replied, “I did.”

Xi had been greeted with a lavish welcome reception upon arrival, with both sides calling it a “golden era” of relations between the two countries.

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