Royal Mistake, Queen Elizabeth’s Twitter Just Quickly Deleted an Accidental Tweet

Twitter has gotten more than a few people in trouble. One errant tweet written in haste or sent too quickly without thinking can ruin years of reputation work. Even if the person who posted the offensive tweet manages to delete it quickly, there is always the chance that someone has screenshotted it, which is what happened when Queen Elizabeth II’s Twitter account recently made a blunder.

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

What did the queen tweet?

When you think of a deleted tweet, you assume that it was probably racy in nature. But what makes Queen Elizabeth’s deleted tweet even more peculiar is that it was quite the opposite.

On Thursday, the queen’s team simply tweeted “thanks.” It was deleted six minutes later but not before Gert’s Royals screenshotted it.

The strange and short message garnered 1,260 likes and 591 retweets before it was deleted. People were quick to comment on the post, accepting the gratitude from the queen as if it were for them personally.

Queen Elizabeth hired a social media coordinator last year

This social media blunder comes over a year after the palace put out a call to hire someone in the role of royal communications.

“The role of Royal Communications is to engage a worldwide audience with the public role and work of The Royal Family,” the job description read. “Joining this fast-paced and dynamic team, your challenge will be to manage and oversee the daily news flow on digital and social networking platforms, as well as play a key part in some of the digital projects.”

As the queen does not run her own social media accounts, it could have been the person hired in this position who made the accidental tweet.

Social media rules for the royals

Some royals, like Princess Eugenie, are active on their own social media accounts. Not only must these royals uphold the standards of the royal family when they create posts, but the people who interact with them also have a set of guidelines to follow.

“We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness, and respect for all other members of our social media communities,” the official guidelines read.

If you want to engage with the royals, your comments must not “contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory, or promote sexually explicit material or violence or breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves” amongst other things.

In the case that you break any of these rules, you may get blocked.

“We reserve the right to determine, at our discretion, whether contributions to our social media channels breach our guidelines,” the statement reads. “We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines.”

And in extreme cases, you could even face legal repercussions.

“We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law.”