Nine newsreader Peter Overton returns to Sydney after he made international headlines for confusing British Prime Minister Liz Truss with a ‘minor royal’ at the Queen’s funeral

Nine News presenter Peter Overton returned to Sydney on Thursday, after anchoring the network’s extensive coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The veteran journalist, 56, looked happy to be back on home soil as he strolled through the international arrivals terminal.

Stepping off his long-haul flight from London, Peter donned a black shirt and cap, as well as a flashy gold wristwatch.

Nine News presenter Peter Overton returned to Sydney on Thursday, after anchoring the network's extensive coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Nine News presenter Peter Overton returned to Sydney on Thursday, after anchoring the network’s extensive coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral 

His suitcase, covered with old 60 Minutes and Nine Network travel stickers, looked a little worse for wear as he pushed it on a luggage trolley.

Peter and departing A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw jointly anchored the network’s coverage of Her Majesty’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

But the pair were mocked around the world after they were unable to identify Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss as they provided commentary at the service.

The veteran journalist, 56, looked happy to be back on home soil as he strolled through the international arrivals terminal

The veteran journalist, 56, looked happy to be back on home soil as he strolled through the international arrivals terminal 

His suitcase, covered with old 60 Minutes and Nine Network travel stickers, looked a little worse for wear as he pushed it on a luggage trolley

His suitcase, covered with old 60 Minutes and Nine Network travel stickers, looked a little worse for wear as he pushed it on a luggage trolley 

American comedian Stephen Colbert referenced the gaffe on the Late Show this week.

Colbert said it was clear ‘Australian TV did not get the memo’ on who the new prime minister was, before asking: ‘How’s your new job Liz?’

‘She’s the leader of Great Britain and no-one recognises her,’ he chuckled.

The British leader climbed out of her car to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, but Peter and Tracy were left scratching their heads as to who she was.

Peter anchored Nine's coverage of the Queen's funeral with Tracy Grimshaw on Monday. They were mocked around the world after they were unable to identify Britain's new PM Liz Truss

Peter anchored Nine’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral with Tracy Grimshaw on Monday. They were mocked around the world after they were unable to identify Britain’s new PM Liz Truss

American comedian Stephen Colbert referenced the gaffe on the Late Show this week

American comedian Stephen Colbert referenced the gaffe on the Late Show this week 

‘So, this is a significant motorcade, we are being told now,’ Peter said.

‘Come with us as we try and identify who is getting out of the car. This is under police escort of course. I would suggest this might be royalty, Tracy. 

‘Hard to identify. Maybe minor royals, members of the… I can’t identify them at this point…’ 

Viewers at home took to social media to call them out on the blunder.

‘Good job Peter Overton. Didn’t know the new PM,’ one person tweeted.

Another wrote: ‘Happened to be passing by the living room in my house where my family are watching the Queen’s funeral.

‘Tracy Grimshaw: «And we’re not sure who this is who has arrived. Unfortunately we can’t identify everyone. They look like local dignitaries.» It was Liz Truss. I howled!’

British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) was not known to Nine newsreaders Peter and Tracy

British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) was not known to Nine newsreaders Peter and Tracy

Peter later tweeted: 'We were relying on a video feed for live stream of arrivals. At times the video would freeze so we'd turn around to try to catch a glimpse. I do know what British PM, Liz Truss looks like. The back of her hat, not so much!'

Peter later tweeted: ‘We were relying on a video feed for live stream of arrivals. At times the video would freeze so we’d turn around to try to catch a glimpse. I do know what British PM, Liz Truss looks like. The back of her hat, not so much!’

Moments after the gaffe, Peter Overton issued a correction.

‘I’m told that was Liz Truss the new Prime Minister in the distance, she could see hopping out of the car. Thank you very much for that information,’ he told viewers.

He then conceded to Nine co-stars Karl Stefanovic, Ally Langdon and UK royal expert Dickie Arbiter that their British guest might be better at spotting local famous faces.

‘Karl and Ally, and Dickie, Dickie particularly, you’ll be spotting these faces and recognising them better than us, I think,’ he said.

Peter later tweeted: ‘We were relying on a video feed for live stream of arrivals. At times the video would freeze so we’d turn around to try to catch a glimpse. I do know what British PM, Liz Truss looks like. The back of her hat, not so much!’

Ms Truss was the last world leader to be pictured with the Queen in her final official duty, just 48 hours before she died.

Ms Truss (pictured before the funeral on Monday) was the last world leader to be pictured with the Queen in her final official duty, just 48 hours before she died

Ms Truss (pictured before the funeral on Monday) was the last world leader to be pictured with the Queen in her final official duty, just 48 hours before she died

The coffin was placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

The coffin was placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

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