What’s her title today?

February 28, 2011

New Zealand rescuers sift rubble, quake toll reaches 75

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth offered her sympathy for the former British colony and said in a statement she was “utterly shocked.”

BRITAIN/There is an error with the sentence “Britain’s Queen Elizabeth offered her sympathy for the former British colony…”.

The message of sympathy was from the Queen of New Zealand to her people in the affected area.

While American journalists can’t seem to grasp the concept of Commonwealth Realms and one person being head of state in multiple countries, I would have thought someone in the UK would have been better versed.

Though people could argue this is a minor point, such problems detract from the entire article and bring into question what other Reuters reports contain inaccuracies.

Dennis S.

This was not an error. She was still Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, no matter what other titles she may hold, and it is that title that clearly identifies her to readers.

This has come up several times in the past, when she visited Canada and Australia, and I’m afraid I agree with those people you mention who “could argue this is a minor point.”

I certainly would not agree that referring to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth brings “into question what other Reuters reports contain inaccuracies.” GBU Editor

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth speaks to personnel on the parade square during a visit to to Invicta Park Barracks, in Maidstone, southern England February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Oli Scarff/Pool

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