Fact Check- Image of Penny Mordaunt wearing military medals is digitally altered

An image of a contender to be Britain’s next prime minister seen wearing military medals outside Downing Street has been digitally altered.

The photo shows Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt, one of five lawmakers left in the race to succeed Boris Johnson, wearing four medals attached to a navy jacket. It has been shared by social media users who believe the image to be authentic and who claim Mordaunt was wearing medals that do not belong to her.

One Twitter user shared the image with the caption: “What are these medals do they belong to her grandfather?” (here).

Another commented in the replies: “I give you the LYING @PennyMordaunt Wearing medals that aren't HERS!” (here).

Another said: “The little hero lady is so brave!” (here).

Other examples of the image shared on social media can be viewed (here), (here), (here) and (here).

The image is digitally altered, however, as the medals do not appear in the original, captured in November 2018 by Reuters photographer Peter Nicholls (here).

A reverse image search reveals that the original, unaltered version of the photograph was also published by The Sun on July 15, 2022 (here).

On July 10, 2022, Mordaunt, who is currently Britain's junior trade minister, launched her bid to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister (here).


Altered. An image of British MP Penny Mordaunt appearing to wear military medals is digitally altered. The original was captured in November 2018 and did not show any medals.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here.