The Queen was mooned yesterday as she arrived in Brisbane. Police arrested 22-year-old Liam Warriner from Sydney and charged him with wilful exposure and public nuisance offences after he allegedly flashed his bottom as the Queen and Duke were en route from Brisbane Airport to a wharf where they began their river journey through the flood-ravaged city.
Speaking after his release on bail, Liam said that he dropped his pants when the Queen waved at him, to reveal an Australian flag between his bare backside. The shipping container worker said that colleagues had dared him to do it.
On the bayou: The Queen and Prince Philip prepare to set off down the river on Pure Adrenaline, a chartered catamaran, to view areas of Brisbane left devastated after January's floods. pic/afp
He said, "I mooned the Queen. Everybody's seen someone's butt. You see it on TV all the time, you see it in movies, it's accepted in PG rated programming these days, but yet it's an offence to the Queen."
Despite the bum note, the Queen received a rapturous welcome in Brisbane as she praised the "resilience and courage" of Australians who endured devastating floods earlier this year.
During a speech, the Queen praised Australians. She said, "Today Prince Philip and I have been greeted with great warmth and good humour in the true Australian spirit and I have seen the fortitude, ingenuity and determination of Brisbane to overcome the setbacks of last January."
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