Rumors claiming that Queen Elizabeth II had died went viral on social media on late Sunday night, but they were quickly denied. The monarch is believed to be in generally good health for her age.
The rumors were based on a screenshot of group chat on WhatsApp in which it was claimed that the queen, who is 93 years old, had died on Sunday morning. Fake Twitter accounts using the BBC and Sky News logos were also used to claim that the queen had passed away.
from an army WhatsApp group: apparently, the queen has died pic.twitter.com/dwxIZPjWxk
— Adam Smith (@adamndsmith) December 1, 2019
Lizard Squad are hearing reports that Queen Elizabeth has passed away.
— Lizard Squad (@UGLegion) December 1, 2019
“The Queen” was the top trending topic on Twitter in the United Kingdom, with nearly 200,000 mentions by 1:30 a.m. local time.
After Jeremy Corbyn talking about thinning down the royal family surely he’s not went and taken matters in to his own hands.
Could be a real vote winner if true
— cross keys, wishaw (@crosskeyswishaw) December 1, 2019
Queen died to save herself from seeing Jordan Henderson lift the PL. You can’t blame her
— Jamie (@jmemc55) December 1, 2019
diana in heaving seeing that “queen elizabeth” and “the queen is dead” are trending pic.twitter.com/CVXImf1So7
— ☆ 𝖇𝖎𝖇𝖆 ☆ 3 DAYS TILL 𝒸𝓁𝒶𝒾𝓇𝑜 (@bibagirI) December 1, 2019
the queen when she wakes up in the morning pic.twitter.com/mV430tGNef
— Callum (@callum1314) December 1, 2019
UK: Brexit, Election, NHS at risk , Terrorist attacks
The queen: pic.twitter.com/3xiAnzNl9z
— S’🔱. (@saeed21al) December 1, 2019
Prince Charles showing up at the Queen’s funeral pic.twitter.com/t87Ye9bmDD
— Josh (@joshallalat) December 1, 2019
Corbyn – The Royal family needs trimming down
The Queen – Dies pic.twitter.com/YuT1sXtiXX
— Matty (@26andcaptain) December 1, 2019
The rumors, however, were quickly denied.
“I see we have reached that time of year where I have to dispel rumours of HM’s passing,” Charlie Proctor of Royal Central said. “The Queen is not dead. She is alive [and] well and is very much looking forward to hosting President Trump and other world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for the NATO reception.”
I see we have reached that time of year where I have to dispel rumours of HM's passing.
The Queen is not dead. She is alive & well and is very much looking forward to hosting President Trump and other world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for the NATO reception.
— Charlie Proctor (@MonarchyUK) December 1, 2019
The queen is believed to be in generally good health for her age and has rarely needed medical treatment. She was hospitalized in March 2013 for nearly 24 hours to receive treatment for symptoms of gastroenteritis, and in 2003 she underwent a minor operation to remove a torn cartilage from her right knee.