Queen's China gaffe not the first Royal slip of the tongue

Prince Philip is well known for his unguarded comments. Credit: Chris Jackson / PA Wire/PA Images

The Queen has been overheard making unguarded comments about "very rude" Chinese officials but her alleged faux pas is one of many attributed to members of the Royal family over the years.

  • Prince Charles

In 2007 Prince Charles was on a skiing holiday in Klosters with his sons William and Harry when he was caught complaining about the media during a photo call.

The Prince did not realise he could be heard when he called the assembled journalists "those bloody people".

In response to a question from BBC's royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, Prince Charles said: "I can't bear that man. I mean, he is so awful, he really is."

  • Prince Philip

It's fair to say that Prince Philip is known for 'putting his foot in his mouth' and speaking his mind on more than one occasion.

The most recent was last year when he was heard getting inpatient with photographers during a Battle of Britain event at the RAF Club.

Philip appeared to say to someone: "Just take the f***ing picture".

In 2002, during a visit to the Aboriginal Cultural Park in Queensland, Australia, the Prince also caused a stir when he asked Aboriginal leader William Brin if "you still throw spears at one another?".

Mr Brin replied: "no we don't do that any more".

  • Princess Anne

In 2000 Princess Anne was heard insulting a fan of the Royal family. Credit: Chris Ison / PA Archive

In 2000, Princess Anne made headlines when she insulted a Royal fan who had waited for hours in the cold with a gift she had made for the Queen.

It was reported that the Queen's daughter snatched the basket of flowers from 75-year-old Mary Halfpenny and said: "What a ridiculous thing to do."

Mrs Halfpenny said: "It was a really hurtful thing to say. I've made baskets of flowers for the Queen and she has always said how nice they are."

  • Prince Andrew

In 2010 WikiLeaks published comments which Prince Andrew allegedly made during a two-hour brunch with British and Canadian business people.

'Candid' comments attributed to Prince Andrew were published by WikiLeaks in 2010. Credit: Arrow Press / EMPICS Entertainment

According to Tatiana Gfoeller, Washington's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, the Prince was "astonishingly candid" as he criticised British anti-corruption investigators, journalists and the French.

In relation to the media, Andrew reportedly described Guardian reporters investigating bribery as "those (expletive) journalists … who poke their noses everywhere".

  • Prince Harry

Prince Harry called an army colleague 'Paki' on a video from 2006. Credit: EMPICS Entertainment

In 2010 a video emerged of Prince Harry calling an army colleague "our little Paki friend Ahmed".

The footage, which was partly-filmed by the Prince himself, was from 2006 when the then 21-year-old Harry was training at Sandhurst military academy.

The Prince subsequently issued an apology for the remark.

At the time a spokesperson for St James's Palace said: "Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause.

"However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon. There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend."