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Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan has been slammed after he posed for a photo by the Queen’s flag-draped coffin at Westminister Hall.
The Putin ally was caught on camera posing while one of his aides snapped the photo of him in front of the later monarch’s casket.
Strict rules prevent any cameras from being used within the hall where her majesty lies.
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Those wishing to pay their respects in person at the great hall are given a specific time slot and are also given a strict set of rules to follow while inside.
The Sun reported that the footage showed Khachaturyan and his entourage being led into Westminister Hall shortly before 8 am today (September 18).
After making his way down the VIP walkway overlooking her monarch’s coffin, he is then led down into the queue.
It is then he pauses at the foot of the flag-draped coffin, and bows to his assistant who whips out his mobile phone and takes a snap.
Reports claim that staff were left outraged by the incident.
Janet Taylor spotted the dignitary having his picture taken as she watched on TV to see her two sons, who had been queuing for 13 hours, pass the Queen's coffin.
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The 76-year-old, from Bexley, Kent, said: ''It was very, very disrespectful. Totally unforgivable in my book. He should be ashamed of himself.
''Let's hope he shows more respect if he goes to the funeral.''
Andrew Kerslake, 52, fumed: "It's just dreadful. He was yapping away on the viewing platform, laughing and showing no respect.
"There were hundreds of people in that hall – no one was speaking. Only him. Yap, yap, yap, yap. He clearly planned to have his photo taken.
"He and his aide hold back as the group in front passes the coffin. It's an absolute outrage.
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"These people are supposed to set an example.
"He knows the rules and would have been told before he went in."
One source said: "The rules are extremely straightforward.
"We simply ask people to behave with respect and not take any photos.
"Everyone has managed to follow those rules to the very letter – apart from this one individual."
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