Zim paper apologises to Queen

2010-03-28 19:22

Harare - An independent Zimbabwe Sunday newspaper has apologised to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for publishing a computer-doctored photograph showing the 83-year-old monarch pregnant during news reports on a state visit earlier this month by the South African president.

The Standard says the photo was drawn in error from an internet site satirising South African President Jacob Zuma for his alleged promiscuity.

The newspaper says the photo was printed with an article on Zuma's efforts to break a deadlock in the year-old Zimbabwe coalition on his trip to Britain, the former colonial power in Zimbabwe, headlined "Zuma UK trip successful".

The newspaper says while some readers found the photo amusing, it also caused offense and was seen as tasteless.