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Queen’s birthday gaffe leaves Hillary Clinton red faced

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has been left red faced after mistakenly sending a birthday message to the Queen a week early.

An official statement from the US foreign policy chief paid tribute to the “Queen’s life and legacy,” despite the fact that the Monarch does not celebrate her official birthday until next weekend.

The diplomatic faux pas, sent on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people on Friday, also celebrated the “special relationship” between the British and US governments.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman added: “It was obviously a genuine mistake and there was no offence taken whatsoever”. She declined to say whether the State Department had apologised.

Silly stuff, right, but attention to detail is what separates winners and losers. The fact it happened concurrent to former Wings frontman Paul McCartney lauding Obama’s vaunted intellect is…just what we’ve come to expect from the current inhabitants of the White House.

Too bad they played their ace-in-the-hole early on because an iPod pre-loaded with Obama speeches would really smooth things over right about now. I see a collection of improperly-formatted-for-use-in-the-UK DVDs in some lucky monarch’s future.

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