Dance video

Irish dancing video released months before Queen Elizabeth’s death

CLAIM: Video shows an Irish dance group performing a routine to the Queen’s song ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain oldest monarch.

AP ASSESSMENT: False. The group, known as Cairde, posted this video on Twitter and TikTok in January, months before Elizabeth died. “Dancing to ‘Queen’ for the Queen,” the band wrote alongside the video, referencing the British rock band, who released “Another One Bites the Dust” in 1980.

THE FACTS: Crowds gathered to mourn outside Buckingham Palace in London after the the queen died aged 96 on Thursdaymarking the end of its history 70 years of reign.

As videos and images of the scene spread online, the old video of five Irish dancers performing a routine to “Another One Bites the Dust” outside the palace also spread. Social media users on Twitter and Telegram misrepresented it as a novel and callous reaction to the Queen’s death.

“The queen is dead and the Irish are already on it lol,” one Twitter user wrote along with the video. “The Irish do a jig at Queen to celebrate the Queen’s death,” another user wrote.

The video quickly spread online, with one version racking up over 1.4 million views within three hours.

However, the clip was not released on Thursday, but months ago on January 18. The video was posted on Cairde’s TikTok account. as an answer to another user, who commented on a video of the group dancing in Trafalgar Square with, “Could you please get out of Buckingham Palace, that would be really awesome.”

The group has posted numerous videos dancing in front of international landmarks, including Times Square, the White House and the Eiffel Tower.

Cairde did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The Queen died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, according to the palace.


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