In fact, Britney is often referred to as "Queen" or "a queen" by her fan, but that's not the same thing as the more specific moniker, which the Beyhive has preciously lain claim to.
The egregious faux pas happened Wednesday in a seemingly sweet and innocent Instagram video where Britney playfully held up a picture of a bee adorned like royalty.
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"To all my fans who call me Queen B," she captioned the post. "I believe this would be more accurate!!!!!" She paired her words with a winky face and several bee emojis.
A silly enough joke, but it was enough to set the Beyhive off. Many couldn't believe that Britney wouldn't know that Beyonce has long carried the Queen B, or Queen Bey, title from her fanbase. And yet it seems that's exactly the case.
Perhaps, Britney simply isn't a huge fan or follower of Beyonce's music or influence in the world. Certainly there are probably many members of the Beyhive who don't get down with Britney jams.
And yet, Britney shared a commercial with Beyonce back in 2004 shortly after the latter kicked off her solo career, and even quoted Queen Bey in a post as recently as April.
Talking to her social media critics at the time, Britney said she was going to take a note from Beyonce "because I am FLAWLESS!!!!!!" Could she be familiar with the music, but not the fandom ... or nickname?
She then added, "But seriously keep your mean comments to yourselves," a note that is definitely going ignored now, though most of the reaction appears to be pretty light-hearted. Neither Britney nor Beyonce has stepped into the fray ... but honestly, it looks like their fans got this one.
Even as Britney didn't seem to make the connection, her fanbase absolutely did, quickly letting her know in the comments. One even wrote, "Oh lord baby girl, we can't take the Hive."
Others worried about the onslaught that was to come when the Hive discovered what had slipped, and they weren't wrong. Seemingly within minutes, "Queen B" was trending across social media as shots had apparently been fired and the war was getting underway.
But it quickly evolved into a kinder, gentler war.
"Listen we all know who Queen B is....sis is literally King B by now," wrote one fan on Twitter who goes by Wednesday Cleopatra Addams. "BUT what yall aint gonna do is come for Britney. My sis is at home twirling in her little shorts enjoying life so leave her alone."
Several other fans noted that Lil Kim is also already "Queen Bee." But the consensus seems to be that there might be room for Britney as "Queen B" after all.
So maybe it's less a war and more a peaceful coming to terms and understanding.
Listen we all know who Queen B is....sis is literally King B by now...BUT what yall aint gonna do is come for Britney. My sis is at home twirling in her little shorts enjoying life so leave her alone. pic.twitter.com/jtoOk5urzk
The post that Britney made about the queen b thing, i dont think she is acknowledging herself as the queen b. I think she is trying to say beyonce is, thats why she posted a bee pic with a crown. After all, she’s a fan of Beyonce.