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The Queen appeared in the background of a live BBC News broadcast today to the surprise of the program’s presenters as she officially opened the corporation’s state-of-the-art Broadcasting House.

The Queen – without the Duke of Edinburgh, who was undergoing an exploratory operation – had earlier toured the major new extension to the broadcaster’s London headquarters and even listened to a live performance by the pop group The Script.

Her Majesty caused a minor Twitter sensation as users referred to her “photo-bombing” the BBC – deliberately posing for a photograph without the knowledge of the other people in it.

In a short address broadcast live by the BBC and around the globe via the World Service, she referred to a previous visit to Broadcasting House with her husband shortly before her coronation 60 years ago.

She said: ”I was struck then, as I am now, by the sheer pace of change which has transformed your industry over the past 60 years, years during which broadcasting has enriched our lives in so many ways.”

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