Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8 2022 led to significant social media discussions about history, colonization, monarchy, and the future; in the middle of that milieu, a clip of Irish dancers performing to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” outside Buckingham Palace spread like wildfire:
Nothing like a group of Irish lads doing some Irish dancing to Queen’s “another one bites the dust” in front of Buckingham Palace pic.twitter.com/6698e8WeNQ
— Mhurchú ᕱ Siad/Sí (@eimhurchu) September 8, 2022
Broadly, “Irish Twitter” became a popular trending topic in its own right (owing to historically tense relations between Ireland and the UK). Several users referenced being entertained by “Irish Twitter” content on September 8 2022 (or extended whatever the “opposite of condolences” might be):
I didn’t even *KNOW* there was an Irish Twitter, but let me tell you, THERE IS.Ukrainian soldiers write tributes to the band on bombs before firing them at Russian forces | QueenUkrainian soldiers write tributes t...
— Shawnté James, MD: The Olds™/Elder Millennial (@ShawnteJamesMD) September 8, 2022
On behalf of Native Twitter, I would like to extend my congratulations to Irish Twitter on this amazing day.
— turmeric and seagull scromit (@kenniwakwaritaa) September 8, 2022
The clip of the Irish dancers bore TikTok watermarks and elements, along with the username @_cairde. Text apparently from a TikTok shown on the screen seemed to hint at the news of the monarch’s death:
Could you pls go outside Buckingham palace that would actually be brilliant
On TikTok, @_cairde was a verified account, and its bio read: “Group of lads Irish dancing 🇮🇪.” We were unable to locate the TikTok variation; however, on Twitter, @_cairde had shared the clip months before, on January 18 2022 (captioned “Dancing to ‘Queen’ for the Queen 📍 Buckingham Palace, London”):
Dancing to ‘Queen’ for the Queen
📍 Buckingham Palace, London
— Cairde (@_cairde) January 18, 2022
Regarding the TikTok iteration, an Associated Press fact check about the video suggested it was in a reply, rather than on @_cairde’s TikTok timeline:
However, the clip was not posted on [September 8 2022], but months ago, on Jan. 18 . The video was posted on Cairde’s TikTok account as a reply to another user, who had commented on a video of the group dancing in Trafalgar Square with: “Could you pls go outside Buckingham palace that would actually be brilliant.”
The group has posted many 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.
On September 8 2022, a group of Irish dancers performing to the Queen song, “Another One Bites the Dust” was hugely popular on Twitter and other social media platforms in the wake of the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The clip is real, but it was filmed in January 2022, not as a reaction to the events of September 2022.