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Fact Check-Photo purportedly showing Queen Elizabeth memorial on McDonald’s kiosk has been digitally altered

Some social media users have shared a photo purportedly showing a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II on a McDonald’s digital Order and Collect kiosk. However, the photo has been altered. The original version of the image was featured in an article published in 2017 and does not feature a memorial photograph of the queen. A spokesperson for McDonald’s UK confirmed to Reuters the photo is not authentic.

A Facebook user shared a photo of a McDonald's kiosk displaying a black and white picture of Queen Elizabeth II, with text above reading: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022” (here ).

Other iterations on Facebook can be seen (here ) (here ) (here ).

The photo was also shared on Twitter (here ).

However, a spokesperson for McDonald’s UK told Reuters the image was not authentic.

The photo of the kiosk can be traced back to an article published in 2017 on The Rare Welsh Bit, a food and travel blog (here ). Rather than a black-and-white picture of the queen, the kiosk screen is green with the McDonald’s logo. It also features prompts to customers to input their food orders.

The same image can be also found in a tweet shared by a London based design agency on August 17 (here ).

Online digital photograph analysis tools FotoForensics and MeVer also suggest that the image being shared is edited (here ) (here ).

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, the nation's figurehead and a towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96 (here ).

VERDICT

Altered. The photo purportedly showing an image of Queen Elizabeth II displayed on a McDonald’s kiosk has been edited.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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