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An image of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a Make American Great Again hat on an unofficial campaign bus known as the “Trump Train” has reportedly caught the attention of Buckingham Palace.
According to BuzzFeed News, the palace is not pleased with the doctored image and has requested that the bus’ owner, 64-year-old Trump supporter Buddy Hall, remove it.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that “representations asking for [the photo’s] removal have been made.”
Hall told Insider that he has not heard from anyone at Buckingham Palace, but he said that he is in the process of redecorating the bus and planned to remove the image anyway.
Hall wrote on the Trump Train’s official Facebook page on May 1 that the bus’s current decor would be updated within two weeks to remove the image of “traitor Pence,” among other images.
“When we decided to redo the whole bus again, I didn’t want to put any old images on there,” he told Insider.
Hall told Insider that he found the doctored image of the queen on the internet when decorating the bus back in 2019 but isn’t sure of its original source.
Hall said he has been taking the bus around the country to support Trump’s reelection.
“I’ve never voted in my life, so I’m not a political person, but I figured the president made a lot of sacrifices in his life to try to make America great,” he told Insider about the inspiration behind the bus.
The Trump Train recently made an appearance at a Republican rally for Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in The Villages, Florida, on May 7, 2021.
“I’ve never been a Democrat or Republican, but the Trumps are Republicans, so, naturally, I go to Republican events to draw people to their events,” he told Insider.