Buckingham Palace confirmed The Queen is alive after a shocking death hoax [Getty]
A fake BBC News Twitter account ‘announced’ her Royal Highness has passed away yesterday evening, sending Twitter into meltdown.
The shocking tweet read: “BREAKING: Bucking Palace announced the death of Queen elizabeths II at the age of 90. Circumstances unknown. More to follow.”
The tweet drummed up a lot of interest, with a number of people claiming a ‘media blackout’ was preventing any mainstream media reporting the news for 24 hours.
Some people made ridiculous claims they had seen television crews assembling outside Buckingham Palace.
A fake Twitter account announced she had died, sending Twitter into meltdown [Getty ]
While others said they had seen news reporters dressed in black in preparation for national mourning.
However BBC News reporter Rory Cellan-Jones dismissed the rumours last night, calling them “bonkers.”
The absurd claims came just days after it was revealed the Queen and Prince Phillip were suffering from heavy colds.
The Queen missed the Christmas Day church service with her family, and her annual train journey from London to Sandringham was cancelled.
The Queen and Prince Phillip are recovering from heavy colds [Wenn]
However, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen was very much alive and still recovering from her cold.
They said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continue to recover from their heavy colds.”