Who is Alessandra Viggiano Marra? Woman goes viral after being snubbed by doorman at Queen’s funeral

The diplomat was left hanging in perhaps the most public place imaginable

Who is Alessandra Viggiano Marra? Woman goes viral after being snubbed by doorman at Queen’s funeral
Alessandra Viggiano Marra appeared to be shunned by the man welcoming visitors at Queen’s funeral (screenshot from Lian Liddle/Twitter)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: The woman who became something of a viral sensation after being snubbed by the man who welcomed visitors to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's funeral is revealed to be the wife of the Argentine ambassador to the UK.

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Married to Javier Figueroa, Alessandra Viggiano Marra, who herself is a diplomat, was left hanging in perhaps the most public place imaginable. The incident grabbed headlines after the video of the doorman not taking her outstretched hand started doing the rounds on social media.

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The TV footage from the mourning ceremony, which was being streamed by millions of people, captured a royal doorman greeting a number of royal members and guests at the venue by shaking their hands. But when Ms Marra, joined by her husband, reached out her palm expecting a similar acknowledgment, the man ignored her and appeared to brush her hand away with his left arm.

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The obviously frustrated diplomat then seemed to mutter something under her breath as she made her way into the Westminster Abbey to pay her last respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, September 09. It didn’t take long for viewers to point out the cringeworthy moment and make her the butt of many jokes on social media.

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"I don’t know who she is…and as much as it didn’t look great - I did piss my sides laughing," someone wrote on Twitter. "Who is this person? An ongoing beef or what? I’d really like to know," another said. A third noted, "She's absolutely fuming." 

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Last year, Ms Marra joined her husband at Buckingham Palace for a meeting with the late monarch - held virtually due to Covid restrictions at the time. The couple was in London to present 'letters of credence' - the formal papers accrediting an ambassador as head of a diplomatic mission.

King Charles III follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey. after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III follows behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and scepter, as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey (Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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However, this was not the only awkward moment captured at the state funeral on Monday, September 09. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appeared to get the cold shoulder while attending the Queen’s funeral as BBC commentators reeled off the names of world leaders entering the chapel to pay their last respects.

King Charles III reacts during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III reacts during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England (Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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As per the claims made by the experts, the broadcast of the Queen’s funeral broke a number of streaming records including the Live8 concerts in 2005, Sydney's New Year's Eve firework celebrations in 2010, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. The majestic funeral was attended by more than 2000 royal members and world leaders. The funeral was most difficult for King Charles, who lost his beloved mother. Accompanied by his siblings, the new King looked tearful during the service.

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