US comedian Stephen Colbert mocks Australian TV presenters

US comedian Stephen Colbert ruthlessly mocks Australian presenters Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw for mistaking new UK Prime Minister for a ‘minor royal’ at the Queen’s funeral

  • US comedian mocks Australian presenters for not recognising the UK PM
  • Stephen Colbert laughed at a clip where Liz Truss was unable to be identified 
  • Nine journalist Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw failed to recognise her
  • The mix-up happened as UK Prime Minister Liz Truss climbed out of her car
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

US comedian Stephen Colbert is the latest to take a jab at Channel Nine’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral.

The Late Show host mocked presenters Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw for being unable to identify Britain’s new PM Lizz Truss as they provided commentary at Her Majesty’s service at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Colbert said it was clear, ‘Australian TV did not get the memo’ on who the new prime minister before asking, ‘How’s your new job Liz?’

‘She’s the leader of Great Britain and no-one recognises her,’ the comedian chuckled.

US comedian Stephen Colbert is the latest to take a jab at Channel Nine’s converge of the Queen’s funeral 

Overton and Grimshaw stumbled trying to identify Liz Truss and thought she might be ‘minor royalty’

The British leader climbed out of her car to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral at but Overton and Grimshaw were left scratching their heads as to who she was.

‘So, this is a significant motorcade, we are being told now,’ Overton said.

‘Come with us as we try and identify who is getting out of the car. This is under police escort of course. I would suggest this might be royalty, Tracy. 

‘Hard to identify. Maybe minor royals, members of the … I can’t identify them at this point …’ 

Viewers at home took to social media to call them out on the blunder.

‘Good job Peter Overton. Didn’t know the new PM,’ one person tweeted.

Another wrote: ‘Happened to be passing by the living room in my house where my family are watching the Queen’s funeral. Tracy Grimshaw: ‘And we’re not sure who this is who has arrived’.’

‘Unfortunately we can’t identify everyone, they look like local dignitaries.’ It was Liz Truss. I howled.’ 

Britain’s prime minister Liz Truss, pictured left, has proven to be a mystery to Nine newsreaders Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw

Someone else said: ‘Peter Overton and Tracy Grimshaw having no idea who Liz Truss – the new British Prime Minister – is during the live coverage of the Queen’s funeral was so *awks*.’

Another Twitter user posted a photo of Ms Truss and jokingly asked if she was the mayor of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, or a ‘minor royal’.

‘Hi Tracy Grimshaw, can you help me out who this is? Is it the Local Mayor of Reykjavík or is it a minor Royal?’

Moments later, Overton issued a correction.

‘I’m told that was Liz Truss the new Prime Minister in the distance, she could see hopping out of the car. Thank you very much for that information,’ he told viewers.

He then conceded to Nine co-stars Karl Stefanovic, Ally Langdon and UK royal expert Dickie Arbiter that their British guest might be better at spotting local famous faces.

‘Karl and Ally, and Dickie, Dickie particularly, you’ll be spotting these faces and recognising them better than us, I think,’ Overton said.

Following the ordeal Peter Overton took to Twitter saying, ‘We were relying on a video feed for live stream of arrivals. At times the video would freeze so we’d turn around to try to catch a glimpse. I do know what British PM, Liz Truss looks like. The back of her hat,not so much!’

Ms Truss was the last world leader to be pictured with the Queen in her final official duty, just 48 hours before she died.

Peter Overton took to Twitter to defend the incident saying he does know what Liz Truss looks like, just not the back of her hat

Ms Truss (pictured before the funeral on Monday) was the last world leader to be pictured with the Queen in her final official duty, just 48 hours before she died

The coffin is placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

The UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Queen’s family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty has curated herself before she died. 

Outside the Abbey an estimated 2million people are in central London along procession routes and watching on big screens. 

The State Gun Carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin began its funeral procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey at around 10.45am, arriving just before 11am. 

A single toll from Big Ben signalled the start of the service at Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. 

Her Majesty will be laid to rest at Windsor next to her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents, George VI and the Queen Mother. 

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