Ambassador: Queen finds selfie-takers 'strange'

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun says Queen Elizabeth perplexed by smartphone photographers, misses the days of "eye contact."

By Ben Hooper
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LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II finds selfie-taking fans to be "strange" and misses the days of "eye contact," the U.S. ambassador said.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun told Tatler magazine he and the monarch discussed the queen's feelings about being the constant subject of photos taken on mobile devices when she presented him with his credentials last year during his visit to Buckingham Palace.


The ambassador said Elizabeth finds it "strange" to be confronted with the backs of selfie-taking smartphone users instead of faces when she ventures out in public.

"She was essentially saying: 'I miss eye contact,'" Barzun said.

Queen Elizabeth previously made selfie history earlier in the summer when she famously photobombed a picture taken by Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris during the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

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