Queen Elizabeth is not dead despite alarming tweets from BBC journalist
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The BBC were forced to apologise today after one of their journalist had posted a series of tweets claiming that Queen Elizabeth had died. The Queen is completely well and the false alarm was apparently due to a "technical rehearsal for an obituary".
Ahmen Khawaja, a reporter for BBC’s Urdu-language service, was left with egg on her face after tweeting "BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly @BBCWorld" earlier today. Khawaja followed that up with the message "Queen Elizabeth has died @BBCWorld".
Khawaja has over 7,000 followers on Twitter so needless to say the posts caused quite the ruckus online and she then deleted the tweets explaining "False Alarm: Have deleted previous tweets!!" The messages were even quoted by international news agencies Bild and CNN as a source for the breaking news.
The Queen was in fact at King Edward 7th Hospital this morning but it was just for a regular check-up appointment and in no way serious. Khawaja attempted to brush the tweets off as a prank when she tweeted "phone left unattended at home. Silly prank, Apologies for upsetting anyone!"
However, an official statement from the BBC contradicted that claim 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."