- The Washington Times - Monday, August 25, 2014

The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., issued an apology Sunday after receiving a wave of backlash for tweets that celebrated the 1814 burning of the White House.

The embassy held a “White House Barbecue” on Sunday to mark the 200th anniversary of British troops setting fire to several U.S. government facilities, including the Capitol and the White House.

The embassy tweeted a photograph of a White House cake, flanked by British and American flags and sparklers.

“Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!” the tweet read.

After receiving more than 5,000 retweets and a wave of backlash from angry Americans, the embassy issued an apology.

“Apologies for earlier tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today,” it said.

But others thought an apology was unwarranted.

“You have nothing to apologize for. It was damned funny,” wrote Anang.

“You shouldn’t apologize for that. You’re letting the humorless win. Or maybe the terrorists,” tweeted Carl L. Oberg.