BBC's humiliating Anthony Albanese mistake at Queen's funeral: 'They have no idea'

·News Reporter
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Anthony Albanese was invited to the Queen's funeral alongside other world leaders, but while he's a household name here in Australia, it's not necessarily the case in other countries.

During the live coverage of the service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, commentators on the BBC, the UK's national broadcaster, appeared to forget the Aussie Prime Minister's name.

As other Commonwealth leaders including New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern and Canada's Justin Trudeau appeared on camera, BBC hosts introduced them to viewers.

Anothony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon at Queen's funeral
Many believed BBC commentators forgot Anthony Albanese's name as he arrived at the Queen's funeral in London. Source: Twitter

But as Mr Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon appeared in shot, coverage went silent, leading many to speculate the presenters didn't know who he was.

"BBC focuses on Albo entering the church - it’s clear the commentators have no idea who he is," Australian author Jane Caro Tweeted.

"Obviously no one at the BBC knows what Albo looks like," journalist Emma Wynne echoed.

Nine presenters' on-air slip-up

The apparent on-air slip-up followed one made by Channel Nine presenters Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw just hours earlier.

As the UK's new leader Liz Truss arrived at the funeral, the presenters asked "who's this?" clearly not recognising the new leader who was sworn in just two days before the Queen's death.

When Truss exited the car, the presenters said she was "hard to identify".

"Maybe minor royals ... I can't identify them at this point," the hosts added.

Soon after, Overton was informed the mystery woman was in fact the new prime minister in the distance, which left some viewers unimpressed.

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