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- The photo was taken as part of an art series by a British artist who specializes in taking pictures of celebrity look-alikes. It doesn’t feature the real queen.
Queen Elizabeth II’s service during World War II as a truck driver and mechanic has been well documented, and a photo shared after her death claims to show the late monarch putting the skills she learned to good use.
An image posted Sept. 13 on Facebook appears to show Elizabeth standing over a car, holding its dipstick to check the engine’s oil level. A man next to her wearing a racing suit watches as she works.
"Queen Elizabeth with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and his 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO," the image’s caption states.
Although her time in the military during the war taught Elizabeth how to repair a car’s engine, the woman in that photo isn’t the queen — it’s an impersonator.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The photo shared on Facebook was taken from Jackson’s "Real Or Not" series, which "plays with the notion you can’t tell what is real and what is not by mixing the real celebrity with the fake."
Several photos of the "queen" are featured in the series, including one in which she’s seen changing a car’s tire and checking the oil.
That does actually appear to be Mason, however. The garage featured in the photo appears similar to one Mason owns. He has also been photographed in the same racing suit he's wearing in the photo and with the same car.
Mason and Jackson were photographed together in 2011.
A Facebook post shared a photo claiming to show Queen Elizabeth II checking a car engine’s oil.
Although the queen has experience as a mechanic from her service in World War II, the woman in the photo is an impersonator. The photo was staged by a British artist as part of an art series featuring celebrity impersonators.
We rate this claim False.
Facebook post, Sept. 13, 2022
Archive of Facebook post
The Guardian, "Photographer Alison Jackson: 'I'm always almost getting arrested,’" Dec. 3, 2020
LondonWorld, "‘Real or not?’: Ten incredibly convincing photos of Queen Elizabeth II," June 1, 2022
Alison Jackson, Real Or Not, accessed Sept. 16, 2022
Top Gear Autoguide, "Nick Mason's Car Collection: The Pink Floyd Drummer's Passion," Nov. 24, 2015
The Mirror, "Pink Floyd drummer crashes his £3million car at Goodwood race track - but emerges unscathed," March 19, 2017
The Sunday Times Driving, "Me and my motor: Nick Mason of Pink Floyd recalls a 'stupid' car investment with a £30M return," March 15, 2016
Getty Images, "Le Caprice 30th Anniversary Dinner," Oct. 4, 2011
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