A photograph of British Prime Minister David Cameron has been digitally altered to include a flower pinned to the inside of his lapel on his dark blue jacket. Digital experts have since confirmed that the poppy was not featured in the original untampered photograph.
The adjusted photograph of Prime Minister Cameron was posted on the Facebook page for 10 Downing Street. This street address is the location of the British Prime Minister’s office in London.
Another photograph showed the same picture without the added flower, showing that the poppy had indeed been added in after the fact.
The flower is known as a remembrance poppy. They are worn by people of Great Britain in order to pay respect to soldiers who have been lost in War. People of the United Kingdom have been making use of these flowers since 1921.
Public figures in Great Britain usually wear the poppies during the month of November. The month always contains Remembrance Sunday, which is a day dedicated to honoring the contributions of the British Military. This year’s Remembrance Sunday falls on November 8th.
The date for Remembrance Sunday is whatever Sunday happens to be closest to Armistice Day, which occurs on November 11th. Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the peace treaty that was signed by the Allied Nations and Germany at the end of World War I.
November 11th is also the same day as Veterans Day in the United States. Veterans Day honors all American soldiers who have served in wars.
During the entire month of November in Great Britain, virtually every public figure, including politicians, journalists and athletes, is expected to wear a poppy while they are out in public. If they fail to do so, they typically experience public scrutiny and controversy.
It is unknown who originally photoshopped the poppy onto Cameron’s lapel. The altered photo has since been replaced with a legitimate photo of Cameron sporting a poppy on his lapel.