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Queen Elizabeth Death Rumor Ignited by BBC Reporter's Tweet

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 11:07 AM

A Queen Elizabeth death rumor circulated this week after a BBC journalist mistakenly tweeted the news, though he soon corrected the error and apologized for the false alarm.

The Telegraph U.K. reported that the debacle came amid a dress rehearsal for the Queen's demise.

BBC broadcast journalist Ahmen Khawaja sent a series of tweets saying that the Queen was hospitalized and soon expired. The tweets were soon deleted, however other users on the social network took screenshots, and re-posted them.



After Khawaja corrected the record and explained the whole thing was a "false alarm," the BBC thought it prudent to release a more comprehensive explanation.

"During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the Royal Family had been taken ill," the news broadcaster wrote in a statement correcting the record.

"The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologize for any offense," it added.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace soon responded to the clamor, noting that not only was the Queen alive and well, but her hospital visit — which was perhaps a coincidence — was for a routine checkup.

"I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII's Hospital in London. This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment, the Queen has now left hospital," said the spokesman.



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