The British Embassy Sunday night ruffled some feathers when it posted a tweet to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the White House going up in flames, with a White House cake surrounded by American and British flags and sparklers, and the caption, “Only sparklers this time!”
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL
— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014
According to History.com, “during the War of 1812…British troops enter Washington, D.C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812.”
The embassy later tweeted apologies with a link to a HuffPost piece penned by Patrick Davies, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Washington, commemorating the anniversary.
Apologies for earlier Tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today http://t.co/gs3heJDMzt
— British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 25, 2014