Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hillary Clinton Wishes Queen Elizabeth a Happy Birthday ... a Week Early

A rather embarrassing unforced error. How hard is it to keep track of the Queen's birthday, especially with a team of people.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/7804820/Queens-birthday-gaffe-leaves-Hillary-Clinton-red-faced.html

"Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has been left red faced after mistakenly sending a birthday message to the Queen a week early.

An official statement from the US foreign policy chief paid tribute to the "Queen’s life and legacy,” despite the fact that the Monarch does not celebrate her official birthday until next weekend.
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“Once again, I wish Queen Elizabeth II a very happy birthday and peace and prosperity for the people of the United Kingdom in the year to come."

Mrs Clinton added that the “special relationship continues to provide a solid foundation as the United States and Britain”, which worked “side by side to meet the challenges of the 21st century”.

A spokesman for Mrs Clinton attemped to make light of the gaffe.
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