The BBC has apologized after sending out a series of tweets falsely claiming that Queen Elizabeth II is dead.
On Wednesday morning, series of tweets were sent out from the network’s journalist Ahmen Khawaja’s account stating that the queen ‘has died’ after apparently visiting the King Edward VII 7th Hospital in London. This caused a lot of panic in the social media and elsewhere, forcing the Buckingham Palace to release a statement reassuring the public that their royal leader is fine.
‘I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London,’ said a palace spokesperson. ‘This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment, the Queen has now left hospital.’
The erroneous tweets, which were also spread by CNN and NBC News, has since been deleted, with a BBC spokesman saying, ‘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 tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence.’
CNN also apologized, saying, ‘Please disregard our previous tweet about Queen Elizabeth. It was sent in error.’