Danish PM: Selfie 'was funny'

The Danish prime minister will reportedly not be sharing the "selfie" she took with David Cameron and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, but has said it was "kind of funny".

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It follows a similar posting from The Only Way Is Essex and I'm A Celebrity star Joey Essex yesterday on Twitter.

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Danish PM: Cameron-Obama 'selfie' was 'kind of funny'

The Danish prime minister will not be sharing the "selfie" she took with David Cameron and Barack Obama, broadcaster DR Forsiden reported.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt jokingly journalists today the rest of the world will not see the famous photograph because "it was not a very good picture".

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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US President Barack Obama at the memorial.
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US President Barack Obama at the memorial. Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Asked about the criticism that it was inappropriate to take a "selfie" during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Ms Thorning-Schmidt replied, "Basically it was a festive event which celebrated a man who has lived 95 years and achieved so much in his life".

She said there were lots of photographs being taken of President Obama that day, adding, "I thought it was kind of funny".

She is the daughter-in-law to the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock.

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Prime Minister jokes about Mandela memorial 'selfie'

The Prime Minister joked about the infamous "selfie" he featured in alongside US President Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt today.

During Prime Minister's Questions, MP Martin Horwood referred to the photo - which has been widely covered in the international press - in a question about roaming charges.

The Prime Minister said it was "only polite" to oblige a request from a "member of the Kinnock family" - referring to the fact that the Danish leader is daughter-in-law to the former Labour politician Neil Kinnock.

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Downing Street dismisses Mandela memorial selfie row

Downing Street played down criticisms of David Cameron for posing for a selfie photograph during Nelson Mandela's memorial service yesterday.

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Cameron was pictured with US President Obama and Danish Prime Minister Hell Thorning-Schmidt.

The picture immediately went viral, as many social media users felt the smily picture was inappropriate. The Prime Minister's spokesperson said:

I think what the PM would say about yesterday is it was very much a celebration of Nelson Mandela and his life and his achievements.

I am sure many of us were watching the pictures from it and I think it did come across, and rightly so, as a marking and a celebration of Mr Mandela's life. You had plenty of words from the Prime Minister and leaders from around the world that attest to that.

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Obama & Cameron's 'selfie' during Mandela memorial

President Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt take a picture of themselves during the memorial.
President Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt take a picture of themselves during the memorial. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and David Cameron appear to have been caught taking a "selfie" with the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

A photo of the trio shows them leaning in to get into the shot.

Ms Thorning-Schmidt is married to the son of former Labour leader, Lord Kinnock.

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