Stay calm royal fans — Queen Elizabeth is alive and well!
This morning, the 89-year-old monarch was spotted in London celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Federation of Women's Institute — officially putting rumors to rest that she had passed away yesterday after a BBC reporter mistakenly tweeted about her death.
Queen Elizabeth in London on Thursday, June 4. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
On Wednesday, June 3, journalist Ahmen Khawaja took to her Twitter account to announce the Queen had been admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital in London. A subsequent tweet from her account stated, "Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died."
Khawaja — whose account on the micro blogging site remains active today — then removed the incorrect messages and shared, "False Alarm: Have deleted previous tweets!!"
Khawaja's now deleted tweet about the Queen's passing. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
After the news of Queen Elizabeth's rumored death was picked up by several major news outlets, BBC released a statement addressing the journalist's incorrect reporting.
"During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist... The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologize for any offense," the statement read.
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Perhaps the strangest part of the story is that Queen Elizabeth was actually taken to the hospital yesterday — but just for a routine appointment!
"I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII's hospital in London," Buckingham Palace revealed in a statement. "This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment. The Queen has now left the hospital."
All we can say is, long live the Queen!
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