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Queen Elizabeth mooned on Australian trip

Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowd along the Brisbane River Oct. 24, 2011, in Brisbane, Australia.
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Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowd along the Brisbane River Oct. 24, 2011, in Brisbane, Australia. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on a 10-day visit to Australia and will travel to Canberra, Brisbane, and Melbourne before heading to Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. This is the Queen's 16th official visit to Australia.
Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowd along the Brisbane River Oct. 24, 2011, in Brisbane, Australia.
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The Australian city of Brisbane isn't supposed to see a full moon for another two weeks, but a 22-year-old construction worker reportedly decided to change that in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's visit Monday.

Liam Warriner of Sydney was released on bail Monday afternoon after being arrested for allegedly mooning the queen alongside her motorcade while clenching an Australian flag between his cheeks, British newspaper The Telegraph reported.

"I mooned the queen," Warriner told Australian newspaper The Courier Mail after his release. "Everybody's seen someone's butt, come on. 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 offense to the queen."

Warriner was charged with public nuisance and willful exposure. He's expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court Friday.

The construction worker told The Courier Mail his co-workers dared him to do it while they were unloading shipping crates. He said he didn't fully commit until the queen waved at him from the motorcade.

He made it about 50 yards before the police caught up with him, telling the newspaper he made sure to only show his backside and not go full-frontal in front of the crowd.

"I wouldn't want all of them seeing [that]," he told the Courier Mail.

Monday's incident isn't Warriner's first public demonstration. He told the newspaper that he had protested recently in Sydney as part of the worldwide Occupy movement that started in New York.

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Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to end their 10-day visit to Australia Friday.

Read the full Courier Mail story here

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com