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Queen Elizabeth II thanked PM Modi for providing COVID-19 vaccines to the U.K.

The image in circulation is fake. Queen Elizabeth's Easter message on a billboard from 2020 has been edited.

The image in circulation is fake. Queen Elizabeth's Easter message on a billboard from 2020 has been edited. On March 5, 2021, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar tweeted a picture of a COVID-19 vaccine batch being loaded onto a plane, with a caption that read- “India-UK partnership in action. Made in India vaccines delivered in London today.” Soon after Jaishankar’s tweet, a morphed image of a billboard in Picadilly Square with a picture of the Queen, thanking Modi and calling him a "good boy,” started circulating online.

The original billboard picture was published on the British business media website campaignlive.co.uk on April 9, 2020, which shows that Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addressing the nation on the occasion of Easter in 2020. Also, the original photo contains part of her address on the billboard, reading, “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.” The one in the second photo read, “I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles.”

The billboard ad was featured between April 7, 2020, and April 19, according to Evening Standard.

The U.K. ordered 100 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by Serum Institute of India, Reuters reported citing the U.K. government.

However, neither the Queen nor any royal family member has spoken about the vaccines being imported from India.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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