Throughout former President Donald Trump's campaign, the "Trump Train" made regular appearances at the former President's infamous rallies. The "train" isn't a train at all, but a charter bus festooned with pro-Trump images and notable international leaders whose images are doctored to feature them sporting pro-Trump paraphernalia.
Though not an official part of the former President's reelection efforts, the Trump Train continues to be a fixture at conservative events, driven by its owner, Buddy Hall.
Most recently, the Trump Train made an appearance in The Villages—a massive Florida retirement community—for a rally headlined by infamous Republican representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Matt Gaetz of Florida.
A picture of the bus soon went viral.
Greetings from The Villages, Florida. https://t.co/4pBTUrHZdP— Donie O'Sullivan (@Donie O'Sullivan)1620422082.0
The ridiculous images generated widespread mockery across the internet, but one notable family across the pond wasn't laughing.
Ellie Hall of Buzzfeed News reported that Buckingham Palace reached out to Buddy Hall (no relation) in an effort to get the image of its matriarch—Queen Elizabeth II—from its exterior. The photo of the Queen is doctored to feature her with a "Q" button—alluding to the QAnon conspiracy theory—and a "Make America Great Again" hat.
Buckingham Palace assured Buzzfeed that
"representations asking for [the photo's] removal have been made."
The absurdity of the entire development made waves on social media.
I was wondering about this when I saw pix of that fug ugly bus …..🤮 https://t.co/BKY5eCziVH— MARION R BRADFORD 🌊💙🇺🇸 (@MARION R BRADFORD 🌊💙🇺🇸)1620873312.0
The Queen is NOT amused. 🤣 https://t.co/oQuSU9NnzJ— Diana Demarest (@Diana Demarest)1620857788.0
Stop the Bus! God Save the Queen! What an embarrassment. https://t.co/2gNlCHbp32 #DemVoice1 #FreshVoicesRise #wtpEDU #ONEV1 Z22— 𝔗𝔥𝔢𝔈𝔪𝔭𝔩𝔬𝔶𝔶𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔞 𝓐𝓴𝓪𝓣𝓲𝓷𝓪 (@𝔗𝔥𝔢𝔈𝔪𝔭𝔩𝔬𝔶𝔶𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔞 𝓐𝓴𝓪𝓣𝓲𝓷𝓪)1620853211.0
Bwahahaha!!! https://t.co/gYtnG8ycrc— MarciaMarciaMarcia 😷 (@MarciaMarciaMarcia 😷)1620897929.0
I don’t blame her. Who would want to be associated with that cockroach. https://t.co/nNdAQRSPfn— @BluebonnetsTX 🐶🐾 (@@BluebonnetsTX 🐶🐾)1620861997.0
Her majesty wasn't the only one bemused at the bus.
I have no words for this. https://t.co/xkZqSiqjAy— Cristiona Kiely (@Cristiona Kiely)1620460729.0
What in actual hell are these scary images https://t.co/ZMXPfqkWlU— Jennifer S (@Jennifer S)1620441354.0
This is disturbing on so many levels https://t.co/4ADulRgYGj— Jared Walsh to the All Star Game #ForeverAngelNeil (@Jared Walsh to the All Star Game #ForeverAngelNeil)1620494872.0
It's unclear if the Queen's demand will be heeded by the driver.