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The Queen and Scottish Soldiers

Netlore Archive: Viral image shows Queen Elizabeth of England sitting amongst a band of kilt-wearing Scottish soldiers, one of whom appears to be revealing a wee bit too much of his manhood.

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Nov. 2004
Status: Probably fake (see details below)

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Email contributed by E. Thomas, Dec. 1, 2004:

Subject: Queen and Scottish Soldiers

Well, that settles that!

Emailed image shows Queen Elizabeth of England sitting amongst a band of kilt-wearing Scottish soldiers, one of whom appears to be revealing a wee bit too much of his manhood.


Analysis: Given that two different versions of this photo — one more revealing than the other — exist, it's a fairly safe bet that the image has been manipulated. What we can't determine with any degree of certainty is which of the two may have been the original.

The less-revealing version of the photograph first appeared in the London Daily Mail on November 10, 2004 under the headline, "Queen Is Exposed to Colonel's Highland Game." No private parts were visible. The story identified the officer sitting next to the Queen as Colonel Simon West of the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. "In his cap, jacket and spats, his hands on his knees and his ankles crossed, he sat proudly in the front row," the article states. "But unlike his comrades, he hadn't taken the time to adjust his sporran and kilt for decency. So the kilt flapped about for all the world to see. And judging by the grin on his face, the colonel knew exactly what he was doing."

An article in the next day's edition of The Mirror reported that the "flap" was unintentional and that Colonel West claimed to be "embarrassed beyond comprehension." An army spokesman confirmed West was wearing no underwear when the photograph was taken.

The more explicit version of the image began circulating via email later that same month, which timing would suggest that the latter version was the one manipulated, but there seems to be no conclusive evidence either way.

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Sources and further reading:

Queen Is Exposed to Colonel's Highland Game
Daily Mail, 10 November 2004

My Privates Can't Control Themselves
The Mirror, 11 November 2004

Accidental Flasher Doesn't Embarrass Queen
Independent Online, 13 November 2004

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