The Kilt, the Queen and the Dick Slip
The photo caused a sensation when it was published
in November 2004. It depicts a man sitting on the right hand side
of Queen Elizabeth II, apparently showing that Scotsmen don't wear
anything under their kilt.
The photo was taken after the Queen had presented
medals to the st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent.
The man in question is Colonel Simon West, who later
said he was "embarrassed beyond comprehension". Apparently
he had not done it on purpose and his seemingly knowing grin was
The picture was edited when it appeared in The
Daily Mail so that only a dark shadow appeared between his legs.
The Mirror, however, didn't hold back, publishing the above
photo with the headline "My Privates Can't Control Themselves."
Some question remains over the legitimacy of the photo.
Urban legends research site Snopes.com won't declare it to be a
hoax, giving it "Undetermined" status. The Museum of Hoaxes
site maintains that the version showing the penis may be a hoax,
even if the original photo showing West with his legs apart and
a dark shadow is authentic. Some have maintained that there wouldn't
be sufficient lighting to reveal his penis, while others have said
that the placement of the member is incorrect.
Jewels - Snopes.com
Jewels on Display - Museum of Hoaxes
is exposed to Colonels' Highland game - The Daily Mail
privates can't control themselves - Mirror