The British Embassy has been forced to apologise after tweeting an image of a cake celebrating the anniversary of the burning of the White House.
The post showed a cake with the White House surrounded by British and American flags and sparklers, under the caption: "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!"
The embassy said it was going to hold a "White House BBQ" to mark the anniversary of the "rather unfortunate event in UK/US relations".
British troops set fire to the White House when they occupied Washington on August 24 1814.
But after receiving numerous angry replies, it apologised saying the tweet was intended to "celebrate our strong friendship".
Twitter users complained that the tweet was in "extremely poor taste".
"Is this supposed to be funny?", one person wrote.