FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Queen Elizabeth II Throwing Food To African Children?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show Queen Elizabeth II throwing food to African children.

Verdict: False

The video predates the birth of Queen Elizabeth. The footage also takes place in Vietnam, not Africa.

Fact Check:

Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland Sept. 9, according to BBC News. She reigned for 70 years and was the longest reigning monarch in British history, having been queen since 1952, CNBC reported.

The Facebook video claims to show the queen and another woman throwing food to African children. “This is the Queen herself throwing food to African kids like chicken,” the post’s caption claims. Similar posts also went viral on Twitter, with one iteration garnering over 2,200 retweets. (RELATED: Does This Photo Show Queen Elizabeth Bowing To Former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie?)

The video is not of the queen. A reverse image search found that the video predates the queen’s birth by decades. The video, found on YouTube is titled, “Lumière: Annamese children picking up coins in front of the Ladies’ Pagoda (1900).” Annam was the central region of French-governed Vietnam at the time, according to Encyclopedia Britannica

A still from the video is also found on Catalogue Lumiere’s website, which documents the work of the Lumière brothers. The image caption reads, “here is a captioned photograph by Gabriel Veyre (Jacquier/Veyre collection) which made it possible to recognize Mrs. and Miss Doumer. The two women are throwing cash on the fly at native children.” Paul Doumer was the Governor-General of French Indochina from 1897 to 1902 and was married to Blanche Richel, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

False information regarding the Queen following her death has widely circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting the Queen claimed she didn’t want her dogs to survive her in the event of her death.

Elias Atienza

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