The comedian Ricky Gervais has posted a photo of himself, aged seven, looking "like a tiny Hitler" in response to footage of the Queen performing a Nazi salute.
The Extras and Office star sought to play down the pictures of the young Elizabeth - the film was made when the future monarch was also around seven - by describing them as "not news".
The implication being that it is disturbingly easy to inadvertently look like a fascist dictator.
If there is a likeness, it's probably in the eyes:
Never mind The Queen, I actually looked like a tiny Hitler when I was 7. pic.twitter.com/lpyvCGvaYr— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 18, 2015
He also tweeted: "If the Queen does another Nazi Salute let me know about it. Until then...she was 7 and it didn't even have it's [sic] eventual context. Not news."
The 'Ricky Gervais defends the Queen' headlines were quick to follow, though Gervais was having none of it.
I wish all those headlines "Ricky Gervais defends The Queen" more accurately read "Ricky Gervais defends the actions of a 7 year old child"— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 18, 2015
The photo would have been taken in around 1968, when the comic was a pupil at Whitley Park Infants and Junior School in Berkshire.