Video of Irish dancers outside Buckingham Palace is old

The video, which has more than 1 million views, shows Irish dancers in front of Buckingham Palace. It was filmed in January, not after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, died on September 8 at the age of 96.

After the Queen’s death was announced, people on social media shared a video of five Irish dancers performing a routine to the Queen’s song “Another One Bites the Dust” outside Buckingham Palace.

“The Queen has died and the Irish are already at it,” one tweet said.

The video in the tweet had over 1 million views and over 12,000 retweets.

THE QUESTION

Were five Irish dancers filmed dancing in front of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the death of Queen Elizabeth II?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

That's wrong.

No, the video was not recently recorded. It was filmed in January, not in September after the Queen’s death.

WHAT WE FOUND

Cairde, an Irish dance group from Galway, Ireland, released the video on January 18, 2022, not September 8 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Dancing to ‘Queen’ for the Queen, Buckingham Palace, London,” Cairde tweeted. The video was also posted on TikTok.

The group shared videos on TikTok taken in front of a number of international landmarks, including Times Square and the Eiffel Tower.

VERIFY reached out to the group for comment, but received no response at the time of publication.

Posts sharing the video taken out of context suggested the dancers were celebrating because of the troubled history between the two nations.

The relationship between Ireland and Great Britain was complicated. In 1920, British troops opened fire in Dublin, killing 14 civilians in retaliation for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) killing of British agents. This day became known in Ireland as the first Bloody Sunday.

In 1922 Ireland became independent from Great Britain. Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom, which also includes Wales and Scotland.

In 2011, the Queen visited the site of Bloody Sunday and paid tribute in what local reports said was a move to reconcile relations between the monarchy and Ireland.

On September 8, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, the head of government of Ireland, King Charles III, who automatically became king on her death, and the rest of the British people expressed his sympathy for the Queen’s death.

“The death of the Queen is indeed the end of an era. Your state visit to Ireland in 2011 marked a crucial step in normalizing relations with our nearest neighbour. This visit was a huge success, largely because of the Queen’s many kind gestures and warm remarks during her time in Ireland,” Martin said in the statement.

“To her grieving family and people, the Irish Government joins you in mourning the loss of an extraordinary woman who led by example, quiet and dignified, touching so many lives during her exceptionally long reign. Our world is a poorer place for their deaths, but a far richer and better place as a result of their long lives and enduring contribution,” he said.

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