Royal fans were in a frenzy on Thursday, Dec. 30 after BBC News seemingly tweeted Queen Elizabeth was dead at age 90 — but don’t worry, the Queen is actually alive and well!
Turns out the BBC News Twitter account that announced the beloved monarch’s passing is fake, so the whole ordeal was just an upsetting hoax.
“BREAKING: Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 90. Circumstances are unknown. More to follow,” the false news account @BBCNewsUKI — which has since been suspended — tweeted around 2 p.m. on Thursday alongside a picture of the queen.
The fake Twitter account that falsely announced the queen’s death.
“Thought Queen Elizabeth II had died. Told my mom. Instantly in tears… whoops,” one person wrote on Twitter following the hoax.
“I’ve never experienced a rollercoaster of emotions as intense as what I felt when reading the Queen Elizabeth ‘news’ then seeing it was fake,” another posted on the micro-blogging site.
The fake news of the Queen’s passing came just days after it was revealed she did not attend the royal family’s annual Christmas church service at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England due to a heavy cold. This was the first time Queen Elizabeth missed the service in several decades.
Kate, Charlotte, George and William on Christmas Day 2016.
“The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Sunday, Dec. 25. “Her Majesty will participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day.”
Noticeably absent from the royal family’s Christmas festivities at Sandringham were the queen’s grandson Prince William, his wife, Kate Middleton, and their two young children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1.
Kate and William, both 34, instead chose to spend the holiday with the Duchess’ parents, Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, at Yattendon Estate in Thatcham, England.
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