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“The gaffe of my life”: Stéphane Bern reveals his blunder committed in front of Queen Elizabeth II

“The gaffe of my life”: Stéphane Bern reveals his blunder committed in front of Queen Elizabeth II

Stéphane Bern is a true history buff. In an interview published in September 2022 by Detours in Francehe returned to his unforgettable meeting with Queen Elizabeth II … during which he made a slight blunder.

Stéphane Bern is a real reference in terms of history in the world of French television. The flagship presenter of the France Télévisions group has, since 2007, the iconic show, secrets of history, on France 3 and formerly broadcast on France 2. Each issue traces the life of a great figure in history and highlights emblematic places of French heritage… and other great countries.

And Stéphane Bern is one of the privileged few to have shared a few moments with a historical figure : the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. The latter, remember, died at the age of 96 in her castle of Balmoral in Scotland, on September 8, 2022. In an interview for our colleagues from Detours in FranceStéphane Bern confided in his relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, whom he had the opportunity to meet on several occasions. At his own risk…

A gaffe made in Stephane Bern

Luckily, the animator who will celebrate his 60th birthday in 2023had the chance to meet the queen five times. But certain moments, in particular, remain anchored in the memory of Stéphane Bern, thirty years later. Indeed, the history buff went back to June 1992, when he had the chance to meet the monarch, during an official trip to France. And Stéphane Bern will remember this exchange all his life: “As a journalist at Le Figaro, I am lucky to be among the guests at the dinner organized at the Élysée by President Francois Mitterrand in honor of the queen. It was especially the occasion that she received me in audience at the Hotel de Marigny, residence of the foreign guests of the President of the Republic. The interview begins and, there, I make the mistake of my life!he confided initially, to discuss the context.

He pursues : “While Elizabeth tells me in impeccable French: ‘I believe that you work for the newspaper Le Figaro, explain to me’, I detail to her that I write articles for the supplements of the daily newspaper which is a bit like The Sunday Times, a major Sunday tabloid distributed in the UK. At this very moment, I notice that the queen sketches a pout that speaks volumes. Indeed, the newspaper had just published the book ‘Diana, her true story!’ What a mistake! (…)”he concluded. An unforgettable exchange for the host, which will remain forever etched in his memory.

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