Initially, news circulated in the media that the video, which listed five things named after the monarch, misrepresented the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station as named after Queen Elizabeth II. But in fact, the South Pole facility is named after the heiress to the Belgian throne, Princess Elisabeth, 20, as the Daily Express’ Hickey column explained.
“The clue is in the detail – the Queen is Elizabeth with a Z not an S. Oops,” the column read.
While Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer commented: “Call that waffle, if you will, but I think the Belgians were choking on their mussels and fries.”
Belgian English-language magazine The Brussels Times also reported on the embarrassing error, calling out Palace officials.
A post about the video read: “Given that the Belgian base in Antarctica was opened in 2009 and is clearly named after Princess Elisabeth, it is a strange mistake to make given that the British monarch had once been a queen – not a princess – for over 50 years.”
But, later, Belgian television highlighted a second mistake made by royal officials in the video.
As VRT, the national public service broadcaster for the Flemish Community of Belgium, has revealed, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is named after the Queen Mother, not Queen Elizabeth II.
Finally, a third of the five items listed in the video was the Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was also misrepresented as named after the Queen.
But Mr Palmer explained on Twitter that it is actually named after a First World War dreadnought battleship, in turn named after Elizabeth I.
Therefore, three of the five things listed in the video released by the Palace were untrue.
The video was posted on Twitter by the Royal Family’s official account during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
A caption read: “For 70 years the Queen has been at the center of our culture, much imitated, but never bettered.
“In today’s video, we look at the face that launched ships, adorned billions of coins and banknotes, inspired artwork and more…”
Several Twitter users responded to the post, joking about the factual inaccuracy.
@WannesDemarcke said: “Don’t try to claim our polar base, named after our princess, like the one named after your queen…”