David Cameron and Barack Obama were caught posing for a mobile phone ‘selfie’ at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
The two men were sat either side of Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and smiled as she took the snapshot of the three leaders at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.
The image of the US president, British Prime Minister and Danish leader taking the photo quickly went viral on the internet – and led to a backlash from Twitter users who said it was inappropriate behaviour at an event to remember the life of the anti-apartheid hero.
In a message directed at Mr Cameron, @toxicsayonara, said: “You have precisely zero class or decorum.”
Ms Thorning-Schmidt is married to Lord Kinnock’s son Stephen, prompting questions about how the former Labour leader would feel about the image.