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Queen is not amused by craze for camera phones

File photo dated 24/06/14 of a teenager trying to take a selfie in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a walk around St. Georges Market in Belfast

File photo dated 24/06/14 of a teenager trying to take a selfie in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a walk around St. Georges Market in Belfast

Selfies may be all the rage but the narcissistic social media craze has reportedly not found favour at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has apparently voiced her dismay that when she carries out engagements she is greeted by a sea of mobile phones.

The monarch made the comments to US ambassador Matthew Barzun when he presented his credentials at Buckingham Palace in November.

In an interview for the October edition of Tatler magazine, the 43-year-old American said she made the remarks during a “nice chat” they had after the ceremony.

He told the magazine: “She was essentially saying ‘I miss eye contact’.”

The Queen attracts large crowds when she carries out engagements across the country and is often greeted by a sea of well-wishers straining to take pictures of her, both traditional and selfies.

In June, Jack Surgenor, 14, took a selfie while the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed a tour of St George’s Market in Belfast during their three-day visit to the Province.

And the monarch again hit the headlines in July when she famously “photobombed” a selfie by Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor – the Queen was photographed smiling in the background as Taylor posed with a teammate during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

 

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