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.
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.
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.
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!