CLAIM: Photo shows Queen Elizabeth II, the late British monarch, standing next to former President Donald Trump while wearing a sash that reads, “Trump won.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Altered photo. In the original image, the queen’s sash does not show any text.
THE FACTS: As the world reflected on the historic sweep of Elizabeth’s 70-year reign after her death Thursday, an altered photo of the queen with the former U.S. president also circulated across the internet.
In the altered image, Trump and the queen stand beside each other in formal clothing. The queen is in a white gown and a tiara, and also appears to be wearing a blue sash emblazoned with the words “Trump won.”
“THE QUEEN KNOWS,” read the captions of several social media posts with the photo, falsely suggesting that the queen publicly advertised Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
While some internet users shared the picture as a joke, others appeared to believe it was real. “She did not have to wear that sash!” one Twitter user wrote.
A reverse-image search shows that in the original photo by Associated Press photographer Alastair Grant, the queen’s sash did not have any text on it. The photo was captured in 2019, ahead of a grand state dinner at Buckingham Palace.
King Charles III vowed to carry on his mother’s “lifelong service” on Friday, as Britain entered a new age under a new sovereign. The queen died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
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