A Las Vegas agency has created an ad campaign that could put a strain on U.S.-Britain relations, the likes of which have not been seen since the Boston Tea Party.
R&R Advertising's ads for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority depict a woman resembling Queen Elizabeth II living it up in Las Vegas.
In one execution, the stoic monarch poses (with her trademark handbag ), surrounded by a trio of showgirls. A caption reads, "This may well be the most ambitious cultural exchange program of all time." In another ad, she rolls dice in a game of craps.
The ads tout Virgin Atlantic's summer launch of its nonstop service between London, Gatwick and Las Vegas. They broke March 29 in Britain.
But despite a disclaimer that the ads are not meant to represent an endorsement by H.R.H. The Queen, only the Guardian, Daily Mail on Sunday and London Evening Standard agreed to run the ads with the disclaimer.
The ones that refused were The Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the News of the World.