White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki committed a small error this week.
She referred Wednesday to Queen Elizabeth II as the “Queen of England.”
The title “Queen of England” became obsolete in 1707, when Scotland merged with England to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. Elizabeth’s correct title is actually “Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” Her full title, if you want to get fancy with it, is: “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.”
But you can just say “Her Majesty” for short.
Taken alone, Psaki’s flub is not particularly embarrassing. It’s certainly not egregious. But it is a somewhat humorous reminder that U.S. officials have struggled in recent decades remembering how to address and interact with members of the royal