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BBC's Royal Blunder - "Queen Elizabeth Has Died"

Whoops! Last week, BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja tweeted "Queen Elizabrth" had died.

Khawaja's first tweet reported "BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly"

The update on the Queen's health immediately caused global interest. The Queen had attended her routine annual doctors appointment at the hospital that morning. Obviously, Twitter and other media platforms were uninformed of whether the check up was a serious health scare or not and rumours began to swirl.


Quickly followed was Khawaja's tweet stating the Queen had died. Both messages were quickly deleted and Khawaja next sent a tweet saying “phone left unattended at home. Silly prank, Apologies for upsetting anyone!” But the damage was done, twitter and media outlets blew up.

Then BBC stepped in and got into a tangle as it contradicted her explanations by strongly denying that any tweets had been sent saying that the Queen had died. 

“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.”

The spokeswoman insisted there was no evidence that a tweet had been sent out saying the Queen had died but the NBC News website had published a screen grab showing the tweet.


BBC has since apologised. However the corporation refuses to give any details into how the error came about. Many employees have speculated that Ms Khawaja overheard part of the rehearsal and wanted to be the first to report the news.

However the people on Twitter were not amused. Many called for Khawaja to be sacked. Tweets referred to her as a moron and one user racistly wrote 'mudscum immigrant b****".

Buckingham Palace then stepped in to reassure the public that the queen had been hospitalised but was in good health. The Palace spokesman said “I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London. This was a pre-scheduled appointment and the Queen has now left the hospital."

Khawaja appears to be a victim of the "breaking news culture" often seen when you spend too much time on social media. #Breaking is one of the most used hashtags having been written half a million times in the last 30 days alone. This generation is desperate for our "trophy tweets" to go viral and claim our 10 minutes of internet fame. We're losing our common sense and the next thing you know someone will try to kill "Queen Elizabrth" just to post that she died first.

Jessica Smith 

Australian girl, Jessica is loving England but is missing the sunshine! She loves writing, dogs and plays hockey! Follow her @JessicaAtSMF

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