President Donald Trump is still facing fallout from his visit to the United Kingdom.
While speaking to the press, Trump claimed that Queen Elizabeth reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years––all because of him. The president said:
We met with the queen, who is absolutely a terrific person, where she reviewed her Honor Guard for the first time in 70 years, they tell me. We walked in front of the Honor Guard and that was very inspiring to see and be with her. And I think the relationship, I can truly say is a good one. But she was very, very inspiring indeed.
Like many of Trump’s statements in the past, this was false. In addition to the Queen only having reigned for 66 years, she has reviewed her guard numerous times, including for President Barack Obama in 2011.
Many on Twitter were quick to notice.
Donald Trump: “We met with the Queen, who is absolutely a terrific person, where she reviewed her Honour Guard for the first time in 70 years”
Fact check: The Queen has inspected the Guard of Honour numerous times during her reign pic.twitter.com/OYLumcGL1g
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) July 18, 2018
Trump says that when he was in England, the Queen reviewed her honour guard for the first time in 70 years. She became the Queen 66 years ago. And has reviewed a lot of honour guards.
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) July 17, 2018
Has anyone fact-checked @realDonaldTrump claim about the Queen reviewing her honor guard for the first time in 70 years? That would make her 22, but she was 25 when she became monarch.
— Mickey Rogers (@misemici) July 17, 2018
He lies about easily proven things all the time, plus the queen was not even queen 70 years ago, she became queen in 52 and her coronation was in 53.
— Mike McCarron (@mccarron_mike) July 18, 2018
It was far from Trump’s only faux pas with Her Majesty.
During the same visit, Trump walked in front of the Queen during their procession, which many saw as a breach of etiquette. In another rather awkward instance, the Queen had to direct Trump on where to walk in their procession.
However, the lie is practically comical compared to the recent statements Trump is answering for in regards to his European trip.