CNN’s video of a ‘Deepfake’ Queen Elizabeth dancing is hilarious but proves a point

Queen Elizabeth Deepfake
Queen Elizabeth Deepfake

A message was portrayed to the world by the ‘deepfake’ Queen Elizabeth II. Warning About Misinformation while jabbing Prince Harry and Meghan. This ‘deepfake’ version of Queen Elizabeth took several swipes at the members of the Royal family. while delivering a Christmas message which addressed the rapid spread of fake news and misinformation. This message was aired by a British broadcaster.

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In 2020, channel 4 hired VFX studio Framestone to create a video of the fake Queen Elizabeth. The orator conveyed an artificially rendered version of the monarch, played by actress Debra Stephenson. who said she has not always been able “to speak plainly and from the heart” on the BBC. While the queen gave her traditional Christmas speech on the BBC and ITV, it has long attracted controversy. The video was manipulated using artificial intelligence technology.


First and foremost, “deepfake” uses human images or voice from the original video. That delivers an outlandish message while purporting to be a real broadcast. The video was scammed by Stephenson using the emerging technology “Artificial Intelligence”. She said that “As an actress it is thrilling but sometimes it is terrifying if you consider how this could be used in other contexts”. Deepfakes first rose to prominence in early 2018.

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A hilariously altered version of the speech at 3 p.m. on Friday the 4th was aired on Britain’s Channel 4. Where the queen spoke candidly about personal matters. With the help of this rising technology, the video has sparked a mixed reaction online. Some people call it offensive to the British tradition while others are chuckling at the impossibility of it.

In her altered version of the video she demonstrated that ‘’If there is a theme to my message today, it is trust. Trust in what is genuine, and what is not’’ before breaking out into a Tik Tok dance routine.

The ‘deepfake’ queen Elizabeth shared her thoughts on the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex- Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Which led to their withdrawal from royal duties. She also mentioned Prince Andrew’s lack of active participation in most royal family activities. She also mentioned in her “deepfake” video that. “There are few things more hurtful than someone telling you they prefer the company of Canadians.”

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This incident was recorded on the Windsor Castle by the longest-serving British monarch. Where she and Prince Philip will be spending their holidays instead of Sandringham in Norfolk, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Buckingham Palace as of now has not commented on the post. Channel 4 Director of Programmes Ian Katz in a statement said: “Deepfake technology is the frightening new frontier in the battle between misinformation and truth. ” In The Original annual Christmas day message, Queen Elizabeth drew a large audience, with the total viewership believed to be her highest rating in years, therefore also topping Christmas day ratings for BBC One and ITV.

The original video has Queen Elizabeth  appreciating frontline workers for their efforts and relentless work during the pandemic. She also offered condolences for those families who were unable to celebrate, Christmas together due to restrictions that we were forced to follow due to the coronavirus.

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