The Telegraph's #ThankTheQueen Hashtag Backfires After Attempt To Celebrate Elizabeth's Record-Breaking Reign

07/09/2015 17:28 | Updated 09 September 2015

The poor old Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper wanted to collect a lovely selection of tributes, pictures and stories to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming our longest reigning monarch this week.

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After 63 years on the throne, The Queen certainly deserves a thank you, but when The Telegraph called out for contributions on Twitter using the hashtag #ThankTheQueen, things didn't go quite as planned.

When the newspaper issued the online callout - promising that the best messages and anecdotes to do with The Queen would be published on is website - its hashtag was swiftly hijacked by people who weren't big fans of the monarchy.

Some made treasonous jokes:

Others simply used it as an excuse to have a bigger bash at the monarchy:

While others sat back and gloried in just how wrong things had gone for the newspaper:


And some people were a bit confused about which Queen they were supposed to be thanking:

Well done to the creator of the hashtag, Telegraph journalist Helena Horton, who appeared to take it all in her stride:

Thankfully, there were actually some tweets that thanked The Queen for her long and glorious reign. We suspect they'll be the ones appearing on the Telegraph website on Wednesday.


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