BBC statement: Trailer for A Year With The Queen
The BBC has apologised for creating the impression – in a promotional trailer shown at yesterday's BBC One autumn season launch – that the Queen stormed out of a photography session with Annie Leibovitz.
"The BBC and RDF Television, the producers of the BBC One series A Year With The Queen, would like to clarify that the clips shown in a promotional trailer on 11 July were not intended to provide a full picture of what actually happened or of what will be shown in the final programme.
"This was an important photo-shoot prior to the Queen's visit to the United States. In this trailer there is a sequence that implies that the Queen left a sitting prematurely. This was not the case and the actual sequence of events was mis-represented.
"The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused."
An updated statement was issued at 6.30pm today:
"The BBC and RDF Media, the independent producers of A Year With The Queen, want to clarify further the process by which two scenes in the sequence featuring the Queen and Annie Leibovitz were edited in the wrong order.
"The extracts shown from A Year With The Queen were supplied by RDF, who had made an early assembly of the footage several months ago. This assembly was never intended to be seen by the public or the press. Unfortunately, this assembly was given in error to the BBC personnel who were preparing the BBC One autumn launch tape.
"RDF did not have an opportunity to review the BBC One launch tape, but would like to apologise to the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for this error. Peter Fincham, Controller BBC One, used the sequence in good faith without any knowledge that the error had been made."
BBC Press Office