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.
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.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 7, 2015
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.
So far the #ThanktheQueen hashtag as promoted by Telegraph….isn't dripping with obsequious gratitude.— Revolting-Subject (@UnRoyalReporter) September 7, 2015
Some made treasonous jokes:
#thankthequeen for single handedly winning wwii by changing that tyre. And for services to the hat and brooch industries.— Zosia Silarska (@willknitforwine) September 7, 2015
#ThankTheQueen for producing offspring so odious that the end of the monarchy cannot be far off— The Cowboy (@SirFrankBadger) September 7, 2015
Say what you like about the Queen but she's always on the money. #ThankTheQueen— Phil Walker (@Philwalkercomic) September 7, 2015
#ThanktheQueen for appearing on all our money and stamps, we'd risk forgetting what you looked like if you didn't.— Joseph Reeves (@iknowjoseph) September 7, 2015
So a life of privilege, never working and never worrying about paying the bills leads to a long life. #ThanktheQueen for that research.— ian stewart (@ianstew33) September 7, 2015
#ThanktheQueen for knowing exactly what her subjects have been going through the past 5 years, and how she also suffered from Austerity ;)— andrew (@andrewoathy007) September 7, 2015
Others simply used it as an excuse to have a bigger bash at the monarchy:
#ThankTheQueen for helping me to avoid pea-brained monarchist simpletons and their love of subjugation.— nik (@mistanikinnit) September 7, 2015
For offering 475 spare bedrooms for refugee families..oh..she didn't? Then can we reduce payments by £14 per room per week #ThankTheQueen— I am Mart (@Martinush66) September 7, 2015
#ThanktheQueen for being the proud and unwavering figurehead for institutionalised privilege.— MJohnson (@MJohnsonTweets) September 7, 2015
While others sat back and gloried in just how wrong things had gone for the newspaper:
Grabbing the popcorn to read #ThanktheQueen tweets— Maryam Khan (@MazHalima) September 7, 2015
This'll end well...September 7, 2015
And some people were a bit confused about which Queen they were supposed to be thanking:
#ThankTheQueen for writing Bohemian Rhapsody.— Ivor Tymchak (@ivortymchak) September 7, 2015
I'd like to #ThanktheQueen for Bohemian Rhapsody but Delilah was "ghastly" as your pillock oldest son might say. It really was appalling— Emincee (@6ixty7) September 7, 2015
I'd like to #ThankTheQueen for Bohemian Rhapsody, an all time classic I think you'll all agree— Edward McDonagh (@Edw4rdMcDonagh) September 7, 2015
Well done to the creator of the hashtag, Telegraph journalist Helena Horton, who appeared to take it all in her stride:
i actually wrote "send in your messages to the queen", not "speak to me about your thoughts if you are weird"— Helena Horton (@horton_official) September 7, 2015
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.
Sending Best Wishes fr Canada
on a long reign of Devoted Service 2 Britain&Commonwealth @TelegraphSeptember 7, 2015
#thankthequeen thank you m'am for being Britain's best and most respected brand globally. And for your service to your people.— n z hendo (@MRBROADCAST1) September 7, 2015
#ThankTheQueen for over 63 years of unwavering commitment and service to our great nation. Keep it up ma'am and Long Live The Queen.— Stephen Wigmore (@stephen_wigmore) September 7, 2015
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